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Posted on November 7, 2015 by Christine Crosby in Bubbe, Grammy, grandma, grandpa, grandparent nicknames, Nana, Papa

Nicknames For Grandparents

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According to Name Nerd, the most popular nicknames for grandparents are Bubbe, Nana, Grandma, Granny, Gran, Gram, Grammy, Papa, Grandpa, Granda, Granddad, Gramps.  

Grandparent names come a very wide array. Many times, the names literally come from the mouth’s of babes and they stick. We know a grandmom who’s nickname is “Dumpy”. Now, this is a very chic and beautiful woman. She said that she would not change that name for anything because it came directly from her precious granddaughter. If it were me, I think I’d have figured a way, but I guess this just speaks to the enormous love this grandmom has for her granddaughter.

Most every unusual name has a real story behind it…see what we mean below…

I always called my grandma AAAH! because I could not say ABUELA (We’re Spanish) My Grandpa was PAAAAAH! I Guess I couldn’t say PAPA. It just stuck.

Abi-Gabi – All the grandkids in my ex’s family used that name for their grandmother. The name came from baby talk by one of the cousins.

Aito: My grandkids call me Aito (Ah-ee-toh). It is short for “Abuelito” which is a diminutive for “Abuelo” which is grandfather in Spanish

All Right Lou — When my husband was a very small boy, he was always greeted by his jazz-playing grandfather with a “Gimme Five!…[high five]…All Riiiight!” — Thus, he soon became All Right Lou.

Alvin and Butter-butt: My daughters started calling my father Alvin because they thought he had puffy cheeks like Alvin the singing chipmunk. They call my mother butter-butt because while they were camping, she backed into a trash basket and got a butter wrapper stuck on her butt.

Ami: I called my mother’s mother Ami, pronounced as in the French “mon amis”, I don’t know what it came from.

Recently we had our first son, and my in-laws wanted to know what they should be called. My ingenous 11 year old sister-in-law came up with the names “Amma”– for the Grandmother and “Adda” for the Grandfather. She derived the names from lord of the rings when one of the Elves were talking. I really happen to like the names, i beats calling them Grandma or Grandpa ( insert last name).

Ammo: My son calls my mother “Ammo”, because he tried to say “Grandma” and couldn’t. My mom loves the name!

Anya: Pronounced like “onion” without the “n”, this is supposedly based on a Hungarian word for “grandmother.” My mother called her grandmother by this name, and so did all of her great-grandchildren.

I am thinking of being called Apple by my first grandchild as i am a granny smith!.

Auntie-Gramma: because I married my stepmother’s brother and we bred (LOL). So now my stepmother is both an aunt and a grandma.

At Mrs Mary: When my brother was 1 or so he was in day care where he had a Mrs Mary, our father’s sister was also Mary and soon became At Mrs Mary (He couldn’t say Aunt). Everyone loved the name and when she had grandchildren of her own they called her At Mrs Mary too.

Ba-Ba When I was little I couldn’t say Pa-Pa so I ended up calling my grandpa Ba-Ba and it just stuck.

Baba & Gigi: I call them Baba and Gigi. It’s from the Polish/Ukrainian background. Sometimes I just call my Baba Bubs.

Babchi/Dadju: My Grandmother and Grandfather were from the Ukraine. We always called my grandmother Babchi (bop-chee) or Baba (Bah-bah) and my grandfather was Dadju (Dah-jooh). I was always told that Baba was Ukrainian and Babchi was Russian.

Babci & Dziadzio: Hubby and I are each 100% Polish, and when we had our first, his Mom was already called Busia ( again an Americanized version of Babcia), and my Mom became Bunia, a shortening of the derivative Babunia. Both our Dads were Dziadzio. As both families lived far apart, it worked. When our first g-child was born, we pondered, as Busia (which signifies “old” to me) and Bunia were taken. So I became Babci (it is even on my license plates!) and Hubby became Dziadzio. It is a lot easier to have Babci and Dziadzio on one side, and Grandma and Grandpa on the other ( our SIL is from good, Iowa stock). It is, however, more difficult for our older g-child to explain to her Iowa friends what Babci and Dziadzio mean, than say, in ethnic Chicago!!! Hubby’s sister in Indianapolis adopted Bunia for herself with her g-children, and so it continues… Are your eyes glazed over yet???

Babcia and DziaDiza– These are Polish for grandma and grandpa

I grew up with a Babcia, a Baba, a Bamboo, and a Grandpa. My Babcia was 100% Polish and this is the name for Grandma. My other grandma, let me name her, and at 4 months, Baba came out…she is English so no ethnic relationship. My mom named her grandmother Bamboo, and it stuck with us great-grandchildren too. My Grandpa, was just Grandpa.

Babi:  I am called “Babi” (short for Babicka in Czech). My husband is called “Fives” (don’t ask!)

Babsie/Papa Bear: My mother’s name is Barbara and my father is just a big guy who gives great bear hugs….

Babushka: I think it means Grandmother in Ukraine or another language. Its different and fun!

Badda: My grandchildren call me “Badda,” a name which my grandson invented as a baby. 

Bagoo & Papa: My grandparents’ (my dad’s parents) were Bagoo (pronounced Bah-goo) and Papa (easy enough). I haven’t a clue how these came about except that my brothers and my cousins named them. Go figure! One of my brothers’s thought it was actually Popeye until my grandfather’s death, when he questioned about the spelling of P-a-p-a on a card! We all laughed because he called my grandfather this for years and nobody ever caught it.

My son,the youngest of all grandkids couldn’t pronounce grandma and grumpy at the age of 1 and named my parentsBamaw and Him. He is 4 1/2 and still calls my dad Him.

Bam-maw & Pyjaw: My other set on my mom’s side were called Bam-maw (pronounced the way it’s spelled) and Pyjaw (pronounced Pah-jaw).Go figure again, my brother’s had a hand on these names too! I don’t have a clue what they were thinking or what they couldn’t pronounce but I was born 5 years after everybody was named.

Bamps/Bamma: We call our grandfather Bamps and our grandmother Bamma because my oldest cousin could not say “Grandps” and “Gradma”. They came out as Bamps and Bamma and have stuck ever since.

BANANA– my mother wanted to be called nana,but when my daughter was 18 months old she got on the telephone and said “hello banana” and my mother was banana from then on

Banana and Papaya– Can be shortened to Nana and Papa; but much cuter when said Banana/ Papaya. We came up with this for our granddaughter when her other grandparents stole Mimi and Popi from us!

My Father (Pops) always called my grandparents the Barkers because they acted like dogs, always barking at each other. The name stuck and now we call them Barkerina and Barkerino.

Baw is what I call my mom’s mom. I heard my mom call her Maw (we are from the south) and I tried it but it came out Baw and it has stuck ever since.

Be-Bop: My son is 9 weeks old and throughout my pregnancy, we tried to think up names for the grandparents. We joked the whole time that my mother would be called Be-Bop, from the children’s Barney tapes. When my son arrived, we had no other name, so Be-Bop stuck. My mom loves it and my dad is called Pop!!!

Bea and Oma: When my first child was born, we had grandparents and great-grandparents enjoying her. One grandma was called Grandma Bernice or Grandma Bea (for her nickname.) One Great Grandma was “Oma” – German family and conveniently for “Olga.” Using a letter worked except Great Grandma B and Grandma Bea didn’t work. My little daughter caught on quickly when we taught her “G G B-ma” for Great Grandma Bess and “G G O-ma” for Great Grandma Olga. She loved saying it and Great Grandmas loved hearing it!

I have a friend who had a hard time adjusting to the aging process and becoming a grandmother in general. She has compensated by having all her grandchildren call her “Beautiful“.

We used the older, more formal Danish “Bedste mor” for my late mom. My mom, not wanting to be as “old” as her “Bedste mor” had our kids call her “Bedste Jo” (her name: Jo-Ann). Somehow, that made her sound even “cooler” as a grandma.

I think my mother in law has the most unique grandma name… Beerma. She wasn’t ready to be a “grandma” when her daughter started having kids 6 years ago and she still likes to tie one on. So her two grandsons refer to her as “Beerma” and so will my child! It’s kind of fun hearing people’s reactions to it!

Bella: my aunt at 50 doesn’t feel like a grandma, so her grandson calls her “bella”, meaning beautiful in italian. A precious grandchild and being called “beautiful” every day….what more could you want?

BeMa/BePa: My 2 year old has called my parents – BeMa and BePa since the first time she could speak and even though she can speak properly now refuses to call them anything else! I came to your site to see if there was a language out there that used the same words but couldn’t see anything. Anyhow, my parents absolutely love it! They’re so proud to be the only BeMa and BePa that they know!!!!!

bestemamma and bestepappa, norwegian for grandma and grandpa

Big Daddy/Mommy Grandma/Papa Boy: I made up the name for my grandmother: Mommy Grandma My step-granddaughter calls my husband Big Daddy and her other grandfather Papa Boy!

Big Grandma/Big Grandpa: My brother, when he was just learning to talk, called our other great grandparents Big Grandma and Big Grandpa. This was partly because they were great grandparents, and partly because they were, well, big.

Growing up my mother’s mother was 4 ft. 11 and my dad’s mother was 5 ft 8. Hence we called them Big Grandma andLittle Grandma. When I got to school I was amazed that everyone didn’t have a Big Grandma and Little Grandma.

Big-MamaGranny-MaryGranny-Mother and Pa-Paw On my dad’s side of the family I had a great grandmother and grandmother who lived together. I called my great grandmother “Big-Mama” and my grandmother “Granny-Mary” because her first name was Mary. I called my mom’s mother “Granny” when I was in her presence, but would also often refer to her as “Granny-Mother” when I spoke of her to others. My grandfather was Pa-Paw.

Big Momma – growing up this is what we called my father’s mother. Gramary– this is what I will be called when my first grandchild arrives in February, as my name is Mary. I got the idea from “Mary Worth” comic strip in the newspaper. She refers to herself as Grandmary. Daidoe – is the Irish name for grandfather which my husband is considering as his “title”.

Birdie: I have asked my grandchildren to call me “birdie”, my daughter thinks I am in denial, but I just want to be unique.

Blah-Blah: My grandchildren refer to me as “Blah-Blah.” I hope it has nothing to do with my talking too much!

Blue Granny, Brown Granny:  I apparently ‘christened’ my grandmothers (I had only one Grandpa by that time) Blue Granny and Brown Granny. It stuck, and was in use throughout the family until their deaths.

My dad wanted to be “Grumpy.” He thought it was appropriate (not really)! My son, the oldest, couldn’t say it. He instead started calling him “Bob-Bob.” My dad’s name is Bob and is always telling everyone he meets to call him Bob. My son took it to heart I guess. Bob-Bob it is to all his grandkids and to all kids who meet him. Instead of “Call me Bob,” it’s “call me Bob-Bob.”

Bobaloo: Several years ago my grand godchild was experimenting with words and “Bobaloo” came out. Since my name is Barbara, I thought Bobaloo was close enough! When my grandson learned to talk I knew I wanted him to call me Bobaloo.

Bomp: I turned Grandpa into Bompa sometime when I started talking, then it eventually got shortened to Bomp

Bop-Bee: Bop-Bee (Pronounced more like Bopee), when I was little, I could never pronounce grandpa, so one day “bopee” just came out of my mouth. Now there is ten of us (grandkids) and the name is still used.

I called my grandfather “BopBop” because I couldn ‘t say grandpa.

Boppa: I didn’t see my husband’s name listed under the grandfather names. The grandbabies call him Boppa. And now that the oldest one is 3 sometimes he even shortens it to Bop or calls him Boppy. Boppa loves the name – it truly sets him apart from any other grandfather – and he knows he’s special!

Bops / Naunee: My parents got stuck with these….Bops came from Pops because my son couldn’t pronounce his P’s …..and Naunee (pronounced Naw Knee) my kids just came up with that instead of Nanny.

Booma: My oldest son came out with Booma instead of Grandma. And it stuck! Everyone in the family calls my Mother Booma and she just loves it!


  • My husband ended up with the name, “Boompa,” derived from a Jimmy Stewart movie entitled, “Mr. Hobbs Take a Vacation.” A little over eight years ago, before our granddaughter was born, my husband Darryl was in complete denial that he really WAS old enough to be a grandfather. Everytime we asked him, “What would you like your granddaughter to call you?” he flatly refused to answer and all we got was, “I don’t know.” At last, with the birth imminent, I informed him that if he didn’t give us an answer, I’d have her call him “Boompa,” after the character in that old movie, thinking that that idea would certainly push him over the edge and that we’d finally get an answer out of him. To our surprise he said, “Hey, GREAT!” Today he known as Boompa.
  • When asked by my daughter what I wanted my first grandchild to call me I jokingly suggested the one from “Mr. Hobbs” since I thought that Jimmy Stewart’s reaction when unexpectedly being called “boompa” was priceless. My daughter took me at my word and it has stuck. Since then I have had to show her the movie so that she can see where the name came from. I wondered if the name predates the movie so I “googled” it and got a whopping 165,000 hits – yours was one of those. I still don’t know how old the name is, but I respond to it proudly.

Boowa: My first grandchild started calling me Boowa when he first began to talk. Someone once suggested that it sounded somewhat like the Spanish Abuela, but there really seems to be no reason for it. Now all of my five grandchildren call me Boowa.

Bubba: My mother has all of her grand kids call her “Bubba” that is what she use to call her “grandmother” who came from Czechoslovakia when she was little. Also, it is easier for kids to learn the letter “b” so both of her grandkids said “Bubba” at a very early age.

Bubba/Daddor: don’t know the spelling, but one set of cousins has Greek grandparents on the other side of their family, and they call them Bubba and Daddor. Their great grandmother was called Bubba Yana (again, not sure on the spelling).

Bubba/Gigi: My husband’s family (who are of Polish/Ukrainian descent) call their paternal grandmother, Bubba, and their paternal grandfather, Gigi (pronounced somewhere between Gee-Gee and Zhi-Zhi). At first I had no idea which was which and can still get them confused! My grandparents are a more mundane Granny & Papa.

Buckethead: 35 years ago my parents had a place at the beach – my dad would put a sand bucket on my nephews head and say “come on buckethead.” One day while my dad was resting on the sofa my then 2 year old nephew put the bucket on my dad’s head and said “now you Buckethead” it stuck and 15 grandchildren later he was still “Buckethead”

My grandson named me Buda pronounced with a short u and short a sound. This is the only way I could figure out how to spell it. We don’t know where it came from, but it was orginal from him, so therefore I loved it.

My Dad loves going walking with my son. When my son was little he would lag behind and my dad would say “come on, buddy” Then one day my son wandered a little ahead of my dad, so my son said to him “come on, buddy” and soBuddy it was.

Budna: My mother wanted my children to call her Grandmother, but when my oldest daughter tried to say Grandmother, mother came out as budna. It stuck and now my Mother will always be called Budna by her grandchildren.

Bumpa: We used to call my grandfather Bumpa and since I’m one of many grandchildren before me there’s no telling how that got started.

Bumpy/Gummy: These are the versions of Grampy and Grammy that I came up with as a small child. My grandfather has passed away, but 25 years later I still call my grandmother Gummy sometimes.

Bun/Dappy: My son calls my husband’s parents “Dappy” (because he couldn’t pronounce Grampy), and “Bun” because we were calling her Grammy Bonnie (her first name is Bonnie) and he couldn’t say that, so he shortened it to Bun. They love their “new” names, and we think the names will stick, since he is the first grandchild!

Bunny: My husband called his grandmother “Bunny”. It came about because, even though her name was Marie, she had an old boyfriend who used to call her Bunny. Her son-in-law (my husband’s father) kidded her about this and called her Bunny too, so the kids started using it, and it stuck.

Busia & JaJa: always called my polish grandparents Busia and JaJa (not sure of the spelling), so I have my grandkids call me Busia.

Butchy: I know a boy where I work…he calls his grandmother Butchy….it is grandma in a different language…I cant remember what one.

Buttons: submitted by Jody Santagate

Cherry & Papa Monster:  on my husband’s side, Cherry and Papa Monster (for Cheryl and Monte, who also didn’t want normal names)

CeCe and Papa: My in-laws chose these names over 26 years ago when our oldest was born. To this day my mother in law introduces herself to everyone as CeCe (It came from her initials.)

Cesha (Sesha): My maternal grandmother’s first name is Ceshlova (seshlava) but all her friends call her Jessie. When the grandkids started to arrive she was not ready to be grandma so she decided on the shorter version of her given Polish name, Cesha (sesha). I love it and could’t imagine her as anything else!

Chicken Nana– My kids called both their grandparents nana and papa. My parents have a farm with chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese on it. On the way to there home one night I told my son we were going to nana’s. He said “which one”, I said “nana that has the chickens” he replied “Oh Chicken Nana” ever since then he has called her “Chicken Nana” I guess it is better thatn the other Nana’s new name. She passed away and we visit her at the grave every so often. Her name is “Dead Nana”

Chickie & Bul-Bul: My mother-in-law did not want to be referred to as “Grandma”, she insisted on being called “Chic”. Of course as the kids got old enough to talk it turned into “Chickie”. My father-in-law’s name is Bill, but growing up his brothers and sisters called him “Bul-Bul”. Although he wouldn’t mind being called “Grandpa”, we all call him “Bul-Bul”. “Bul-Bul” and “Chickie”…kind of sounds like a couple of farm animals to me, but they’ve grown on us and I can’t imagine calling them anything else!

Chief: My uncle in Alabama is the president of several banks, and his grandkids call him “Chief”…..love that.

Chippy: When my son was born we decided to call his grandparents Grammy and Grampy. He pronounced Grampy as Chippy. The name Chippy stuck and all my kids called their grandfather Chippy. I even started calling my father Chip instead of Dad.

Now that we have grandchildren of our own: one son’s children have both grandmothers with the name of Shirley. To distinguish they have Chocolate Shirley and Vanilla Shirley–because I am allergic to chocolate and the other one loves chocolate and makes divine fudge. The other grandchildren call me Grams and their grandfather either Bumpaor (as they are older) Grumpa–which most certainly came from the Snow White character Grumpy.

Ciaba (cha-ba)- I learned to speak at a very young age. My parents loved hearing me say new words. They got a real kick out of me trying to say Babcia because I would always say it wrong. Well, when my grandmother heard me call her Ciaba she told my parents she loved it and to stop trying to get me to say Babcia. She never liked that name anyway.

My mother was always called Coco by her 9 grandchilden. She manufactured chocolates and owned a candy store and we thought it was cute and appropriate. Her twin sister was called Gingin because her name was Ginny.

one of my best friends in Texas goes by Cookie. I love it for a grandmother’s name and wish it wasn’t already taken. Her neices daughter (which is like her grandchild) started it and it has just stuck and fits her. She also loves cookies!

Cracker: One of my daughters calls my mother “Cracker” — why? well, first it was “grandma” then it was “gram” and then it was “gramcracker”…and finally just “cracker.” so you see, there IS a reason for the name! She called called my father “Pops”. Crack and Pops. I told them they sounded like a cereal commercial!

Cuckoo: When our granddaughter, Isabelle was very young, I would show her the Cuckoo clock and make it sound over and over again.. Now she calls me “Cuckoo”

cupcake– because my grandson was very poor and his mommy left him all alone. and his grandma lived next door to him, his mommy never leave no food for him. and he goes over his grandma’s house all the time to eat cupcakes and dinner, and because he loves cupcakes. and that’s his grandma’s best baking stuff.

Da and Papa: I call my grandma Da (I tried to say Dad’s mom), and my grandpa Papa.

Dada: my Papa wanted to be called “Dada” like his grandfather was. “Dada” is apparently a Scottish thing.

Daddy Chris & Nana: My father’s parents were always Daddy Chris and Nana to me and I had always looked forward to carrying on the “Daddy Chris” tradition when the time came. Unfortunately, my grandson’s father wasn’t comfortable with anyone else besides himself being referred to as Daddy anything so I’m stuck with the highly unimaginative “Grampa” which, four years later, I’m only starting to accept. On the plus side, my daughters’s half-sister refers to me as “Daddy Chris” to differentiate between me and “Daddy Jim,” her biological father. That’s something, I guess…

When my first child was born, my mother elected to be called Grandma. She was happy with that. However when my son started to speak, he would call her “Damma” (Dam-mah). At the time my father (aka Pop) would try to correct his grandson, but to no avail. My mother decided that Damma was unique, and she was keeping the name. The U.S. Postal Service seems to get a kick out of reading the name on letters and packages that we send To: Damma. Fourteen years later when I had my 2nd child, my first born insisted that his new sibling be taught to call their grandmother “Damma”. Even my new nephew (my brother and sister-in-law’s child) calls her Damma. And so it is!


  • have two brothers in Texas whose grandkids call them “Dandy”. Their dad used to say “What a dandy kid !” and I think it just stuck as an endearing term.
  • On my mother’s side of the family we have always called my grandmother Dandy, thanks to my brother’s mispronunciation when they tried to get him to call her ‘Granny.’

Dardin & Drats: My oldest cousin, being the first grandchild in our generation, had the privilege of naming both of our grandparents. Our grandmother was “Dardin”, since my cousin as a toddler couldn’t say “Darlin’ “, which is what our southern grandmother called everyone as a term of endearment. Our grandfather was not so lucky: he became “Drats”, because my cousin couldn’t pronounce “Gramps”, which is what I supposed he originally had in mind for his own nickname…

DayDay: My grandmother’s last name was Davis and she wanted to be called Mama Davis when the first grandchild was born. He had better ideas though, he called her DayDay, and the name stuck. She lived to be almost 90 years old with lots of grandchildren and lots of great grandchildren all calling her DayDay. Even friends and acquaintances in the community where she lived referred to her as DayDay.

DD: since my daughter and sons were very small, we ALWAYS parked in the ‘D’ section – whether it was at the local mall or Disneyworld – and no matter how far we had to walk from the D section. I always told the kids we wouldn’t forget that we were in ‘d’ for dumb – if we DID forget. My children started calling me ‘DD’ a long time ago, and now want to have my new grandson call me DD.

Dear: while waiting for my first grandchild to be born, my friends started calling me Grammy sue. that is what i was going to stay with (it sounded younger) i was 41 .. my grandson had other ideas for me..He absolutely refused to say gramma—–at first i was ger,,,,than i was der,,,,now i am officially called DEAR…he is now almost 9 years old and I love it. When we are out somewhere..people say “what did he call you?”. sometimes i like to think that i am the only DEAR in the world, but i know that i am not…

DeeDa and Paw Paw: my kids call my parents Dee DA for Darla and Paw Paw

DEE-DAH & PAPA –These were simply the earliest linguistic versions of grandma and grandpa. Now she’s 20 months and it’s Gamma Pat, Gamma Nancy, Gampa Jack, and, interestingly enough, PAPA.


  • My nephew and niece call their grandma DeeDee because when my nephew was first born, whenever the family left DeeDee’s house, she would tap on the window on his side of the car and say “dee dee dee dee” He began calling her Dee Dee and it has stuck for 15 years now!
  • I just became a step-grandma at 36! I think Grandma is too old for me so I’m using the first initial of my name!

Being a family of animal lovers, it was no surprise that my cousin decided to distinguish between her paternal and maternal grandfathers by use of their dog’s names. Thus they became “Digger Poppy” and “Willie Poppy” respectively. She is now pregnant with her first child and I lovingly refer to my uncle (the future grandfather) as “Chloe Poppy” honoring his sweet and playful English Sheepdog.

Diva: I want the new grandkid to call me “Diva” because I think Diva sounds young & fun. I may not be young, but I’m fun! Grandma is old & gray, not young & fun.

Dodo – The entire family called my great-grandmother this. It sounds ugly at first but it was very much a term of endearment. One of her grandchildrenstarted calling her this and it stuck.

DoeDoe: Don’t know where this name came from, but all the grandkids called this grandma this along with her nieces and nephews.

Don-Don and Standaddy– are my son, Isaac’s names for my mother (Donna) and stepdad (Stan). They tried everything, and this is what stuck!

Doobie: My aunt was like a mother to me and a grandmother to my children. We all called her Doobie – a nickname from when we were children because we couldn’t say Debbie. The name stuck for a lifetime.

Doodad: My eldest niece could not say Grand Dad; it came out “Doodad”. Everyone loved it and he was Doodad to 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, although teenagers have at times shortened it to “Dude”.

Dubba: My grandmother (Granmom) got christened Dubba by her first great-grandchild. They were trying to get him to say double G. for Great-Granmom it came out Dubba and it stuck.

DuckDuck – This is what I called my step-grandfather. He was a hunter and had ducks on his walls…he called me the same thing.

E Maw & Poppa: Our kids call my in-laws E Maw and Poppa. My MIL kept trying to get her first grandchild to say Grandma and all he could get out was E Maw, 30 years later she is still E Maw.

Easter: My stepson couldn’t say my name – Elise (rhymes with police), so he called me Ese. My brother added part of ‘sister’ to it – but I really think it was when the guy at the copier on Saturday night added ‘ster’ to everything (you know – the Rickster, etc). Anyway, I got the nickname ‘Easter’ and I love it, so when my grandson is born in May, I hope that’s what he calls me.

Emmaw & Da: Our first grandchild calls me Emmaw (pronounced M-maw) and calls her graandfather Da. We love the names that she chose for us and decided to keep them.

Essie: My grandson calls my wife “Essie.” When Marcia and I got married (when my daughter Rachel was eight) Marcia said she didn’t want to be an ordinary stepmother – she was going to be an Evil Stepmother. And we told Rachel that in the book THE PRINCESS BRIDE Prince Humperdinck of Florin called his stepmother (who was a very nice lady) “E.S.” because in all the stories he’d ever read stepmothers were always Evil Stepmothers. So Rachel often called Marcia “E.S.” as a joke (because they got along very well from the beginning), and when she had a child of her own she and Marcia decided that “Essie” would be a good nickname for her. Sometimes it comes out “Grandessie,” since he calls me “Grandaddy” and the parallel gets into his head, but mostly he says “Essie,” and as he gets a little older (he’s 25 months now) “Grandessie” will probably disappear.

Faf & Clyde: I called my grandmother: Faf and so did everyone else, I started it, because I couldn’t say the word Ruth or Rufus (that is what my dad would call her), all of her beauty salon clients would call her too! At her funeral in her coffin we had flowers made that spelled out her name “Faf” She was 35 when I was born. and for my Grandpa we called him by his name, Clyde he was 42 when I was born.

We called our grandparents Fancy BaBaw and New PaPaw and the other set was Plain BaBaw and Old PaPaw

Far-FarAway: I called my dad’s mom this because she lived in Florida and I live in NJ, as does my other grandmother. One time when I was little my Far FarAway signed a card “Your grandmom, Far Far Away” and it has stuck. The spacing and capitalization has changed and is always different, but it has always been the same meaning, and we always knew which grandma we were talking about!!

Farnarner & Ganny: My sister’s grandchildren call them Ganny and Farnarner,”Farn” for short.He wanted to be called Grandfather but the first grandchild pronounced it “Farnarner”

Fat Nan & Fat Pap: My Aunts 2 kids from her first marriage call her parents Fat Nan and Fat Pap. It all started when Fat Pap told my cousin to go call her Nan Fat, and it stuck

My first grandaughter cannot talk yet but the mom & her aunt call me fatty-gammie, I call my self gammie. When mine were small they called my dad bompa & nana. There is no close grandpa for this little girl so no ideas on that!!

FiFi and Sir– Before my five year old cousin was born his grandparents were asked what they wanted to be called. They said they wanted to be called FiFi and Sir. We thought it was a joke when they came to the hospital wearing shirts bearing these names but it is five years later and this is still what they are called.

Foxey and Papa Gum – When I was born my grandmother was only 40 at the time and thought she was too old to be called grandma. As a joke Foxey grandma was brought up and well the Foxey part stuck. My grandpa was called Uncle Bum by his neices and nephews. I just couldn’t pronounce Bum and Gum is what was said instead. Although we now just call him Papa.

Fringa – My grandmother tried to show my brother to play the piano and said ‘use your fingers’ a few times and ever since we’ve called her Fringa.

FuFu: My niece and grandchildren call me FuFu. Due to the fact my niece (12 yrs. my junior) could not pronounce Susan.

Funny Face: I called my great grandma “Funny Face” because that is what she called herself. She said she was very old and had a funny face. I don’t remember thinking it was odd until I got to be around 8! She died when I was 10 and we all still refer to her as Funny Face.

G-Daddy: My grandsons dubbed me “G-Daddy”.

G.G: When my grandma found out she was to become a Great-Grandma she was quite sure she wasn’t that old. She insisted my son call he G.G. (G.reat-G.randma), it sounds much younger. It stuck. All her greats called her G.G.

G-Ma & G-Pa: A childhood friend was spending the day with my family, and in an attempt to be cute, she began calling my grandparents G-Ma and G-Pa. It has stuck ever since. (Plus, it’s a lot faster to write on birthday cards and Christmas presents.)

G.P. & G’Mom: My husband became a grandpa in his 40’s and didn’t like the idea of being a “papaw” so he named himself “G. P.” for grandpa and it has stuck. When I recently became a grandmother for the first time, I needed a name that went with G.P. but G.M. just didn’t do it. Since my son calls me “Mom” we came up with G’Mom. The grandbaby is just 9 months old so time will tell if it catches on with him!

My kids always refered to their Grandparents as “The G-Pa’s

Gabbe: In April of 1997 I turned 50, became a first-time grandmother, and had a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer (it was very early and I have been cancer free for seven years). Anyway, the thought of some little munchkin – and future munchkins – eventually calling me grandma made me want to shoot myself. At the time I had been HAPPILY divorced for 15 years and was a registered lobbyist for my state’s cities, towns, and urban counties. Being a lobbyist and trying to influence the outcome of a bill in our state’s General Assembly requires high energy, long hours, determination, an industrial strength sense of humor, thick skin, deal making skills, honesty, integrity, and the ability to look sympathetic (can’t burn any bridges) when a legislator over drinks at a reception tells you his wife hasn’t slept with him in 12 years. Actually they don’t do that much any more since the former Speaker of our House of Delegates was drummed out over a sexual harassment scandal. My point is – I did not look, act, or feel like a grandmother even though I was thrilled to be one. So I decided my grandchildren would call me Gabbe – as in Hayes. It’s a very liberal morphing of Grandma and my name Beth. I’ve since remarried and between us my husband and I have ten grandchildren, the oldest being eight. All of mine call me Gabbe, some of his do, some call me Beth, but no one calls me Grandma.

Gabby & Tootsie: The children’s parents on their mothers side are grandmother : Gabby & grandfather : Tootsie – both already had the nicknames before grand children came along.


  • I was born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland. We did not speak the Gaelic. We called my maternal grandmotherGaGa because my older brother couldn’t say grandma. My maternal grandfather was pop, no idea where that came from! My paternal grandparents were grannie and grandpa Browne. My children called my in laws mamaw and papaw ( this is Texas!) and my parents were gran and grandad Browne to all their grand children and great grandchildren both in Texas and Scotland.!
  • My grandson invented the name Gaga for me. I think he was trying to say Grandma, but Gaga stuck.
  • Our son’s wife thought we should have special names so our granddaughter would know which grandma and grandpa she was referring to. I chose Gramianne (a combination of grandma and Marianne. My husband is Papa. The maternal grandparents are Grand-dude and Nonni. She can’t say Gramianne, however, and just calls meGaGa. I think it’s a wonderful name!
  • My granddaughter calls me GAGA!
  • For many months, I had no name. If she wanted me, she held out her arms and kind of moaned for me to take her. She could say, Dada, Mama and Papa fine. One day, she held out her arms and said, Gaga. Now all my grandchildren call me Gaga. Somewhat strange, but at least I have a name now. I am 54 and most people think I’m their mother. That is even weirder!
  • I call my grandmother Gaga….(like Gaa-Gaa) Apparently, my father heard “Gaga” in the way that I cried when I was a baby……….and the name has stuck for 23 years!

My in-laws are Gaga and Boppa. He was already Boppo or Bop as a nickname all his life and as for gaga it was the first grandchild’s attempt at Grandma and it stuck as she loved it so much. They now get Ga and Bop as the grandchildren are older.

Gaggy: We called out maternal grandfather,”Gaggy“, because my sister could not pronounce “Grandpa”. All the grandkids following said”Gaggy”: He officially became “Mr. Gaggy ” to the neighbors.

Gaka: My son used to say all his words rhyming with “aka” (AH.kah) when he was just starting to talk. So, “airplane” was “aka,” “cough-drop box” was “faka,” and “grandfather” was “gaka.” (Some relatives didn’t like this at first, because it sounds so much like “caca.”) My son is now a freshman in college. He still writes “Dear Gaka” on cards, but refers to his grandfather using the whole word “grandfather.” He seems to find ways around addressing him directly with a title these days, so I’m not sure what he would call him. Grandmother is just “grandma” when talking to her, and “grandmother” when talking about her. My son’s cousins just use “grandma” and “grandpa.”

‘Gam’ is my daughters grandmother.

GaMa and PaPa: In my African-American family, we have many grandparents with names like “MaDeer”, “Madea”, “MoMa” “and “Daddy-G”. Our son (now 30 years) decided to do things his way. When starting to learn to talk at a fairly young age, our son discovered word sounds and bubbles at the same time. Since he loved to blow real and invisible bubbles, he gravitated to words that allowed him to pretend to blow bubbles. He started calling my Dad “PaPa” and moved on to my Mom, calling her “GaMa”. Initially, he referred to Hubby’s parents as “PaPa” and “GaMa” but, on his own, started calling them “GrandMa and “GrandDad” around 4 years of age. The names are part of our family history and all grandkids followed our son’s lead.

Gamma & Papa: My in-laws are Gamma and Papa. Papa (sounds like “pop-puh”) is a little more common, but “Gamma” (sounds like the Greek letter) started when my son tried to say “Grandma” at 17 or 18 months, and his pronunciation stuck.


  • Gammy… my grandmother wanted to be called Grammy, but I couldn’t say it properly when I was little — it came out Gammy instead. Being the first grandchild, it stuck, and she was Gammy (or Gam, when we got older) ever after!
  • My children’s great-grandmother and grandmother are both known as “Gammy.”

My cousins and I call our granparents “Gammy” and “Gramps” – I believe it was Gammy who chose those names, as Gramps’s parents were known by the same names. Gammy’s parents were known as “Nana” and “Popo” On the other side, my son calls my grandma “Grandma Birdie” and my cousins call my great aunt and uncle “Doll” and“Boppie” – I have no idea why.

Our daughter calls her gammy “Gammy-Goose” or sometimes just “Goose” for short.

My grandkids call me Gan Gan. Is this grandma in any other language or my grandkids “original”?

Gani / Buppa – My grandmother’s were names Ga (gah) and Nana, so when my mother was to become a grandmother she combined them -sort of- to make Gani (Gah-nee). My grandfather was Buppa but passed many years ago, so my father became Buppa until he passed.

Gankie & Mom-mom– The oldest of 8 cousins tried to say “mom’s mom” and thus came Mom-mom. The youngest tried to say “Grandaddy” and some how got “Gankie”, the rest of us had to change.

Ganmommie. My grandmother did not pick this one out herself, but was to be known lovingly as our Ganmommie ever since my cousin, her first grandchild, had trouble saying Grandmother. So she abbreviated a bit! Grand became Gan, and Mother she simply replaced with the more familiar child version of the word – Mommy. The “y” was then replaced with “ie” for some reason along the way!

Gann– My cousins call my aunty this name. I don’t know why.

Ganne and Ganne Ga (pronounced gan geh) My grandmother’s name is Anne. She added the G for grandmother. Ganne Ga came from trying to call my grandfather Grandaddy and it stuck.

I love how my parents name’s came to be for my kids. (both my parents considered themselves too young to be called any real grandparent names) First, my father said, anything but GAPA, so of course with my first born Lauren, I purposely repeated to her, “that’s Gapa, say hi to Gapa”… my father would frown and say “don’t do that” however, my daughter took to the name, looked at my dad with her big blue eyes and said” Gapa?” My father melted. It’s been Gapa for all 3 of my children ever since. As for my mom, she started with Moms, I was Mom or Mommy and my mother was Moms, confusing to my daughter and to all of us. My mother then came up with the idea of Mickey Moms since Lauren was crazy about Mickey Mouse, so Mickey Moms it was….until one day, my daughter, looking for her grandmother asked me, “Where’s Mouse?” So now we had Mouse and Gapa. My mom remarried ten years later, and my kids decided that her husband Don needed a grandpa name too… He became Doncat because mouse and cat go together. So, we have Gapa, Mouse and Doncat.

Somehow, at 2 or 3 years of age, I called my grandfather “Gargarney.” I was the first grandchild, and the name stuck through 30 more.

Gawa: My husband’s aunt is called Gawa by her only grandchild.

Geeda: My little grandchildren call me Geeda. I chose the name Granna, but Geeda came out, and Geeda it is.

Geemaw & Geepaw:  baby boomer grandparents we didn’t want names that sounded like Grandma and Grandpa, but said whatever comes out. Our son married a young woman with 2 boys 5 and 3. After several meeting with them the 3 year old, out of the blue said, “Bye GEEMAW and GEEPAW, love you and see you next time!” So our grandparents name evolved. From the mouths of babes!!!

Ghee and PopPop: My mother was Ghee (pronounced like gee, but with a hard ‘g’ sound) – when my eldest was trying to say Grandma, this was the closest he could get and it stuck. My dad was Pop-Pop (we called his father Pop, and Dad liked the continuity between himself and his own father)…my eldest just liked the sound of Pop said twice. 🙂

when my older cousins started having kids of their own, my grandmother was still around, and we had to come up with something easy to call her, and to those kids she became Gigi (G.G. short for Great – Grandma). Now, with my wife’s gramma still alive (and kicking!) we are starting to call her Gigi with my daughter.

Gibba: My brother, my cousin and I call my grandmother Gibba. I think it came from a friend of my uncle years ago. Now EVERYONE, not just family, knows her as Gibba!

Gigi: My boyfriends step-mom has always said that when we have kids she wants them to call her Gigi. When they’re mad at her it stands for Granny Grunt (G.G.) and all other times its stands for Gorgeous Grandma!

Gigi  & Nana: – this is what I named my grandfather and it was pronounced gee-gee with a hard g sound, not the ‘jee’ sound like Gigi the girls name is normally pronounced. My grandmother was Nana.

Gigi & Poppies: My children always called their maternal grandmother – Gram and their maternal grandfather – PaPa. that isn’t so unusual in itself, but when the GREAT-grandchildren began to come along, it got a little trickier. My mother wanted to be called GiGi (for Great Grandma, of course). But my father passed away before he got to hold any of his great-grandbabies. We would show the babies his picture and called him PaPa to them. The eldest great-grandchild somehow changed PaPa to Poppies! We all loved it and knew that my father would’ve loved being Poppies! We always knew he was special – and the great-grandchildren’s name for him proves it!

Giggi: (pronounced like “judgy”) I heard some little kids on an airplane calling their grandmother this. I thought it was really cute.

Giggy & Poppy: Our first grandchild (a girl) could speak exceptionally well because she spent so much time with us. Her daddy is in the US Navy and he was on a ship for 6 months after her birth. Mom & Dad had 2 puppies before their daughter was born. Whenever I was coming to visit my daughter would say to the puppies, “Gammy is coming.” Thinking that their baby would then say “Gammy” because the dogs knew me as that, Rachel came out with “Gigi” (hard “G” not gee-gee) and for short I am “Gi.” I know some great grandma’s that use “GG” for just that; Great Grandma. Well, the first grandchild names you and since then the next 3 have called me the same. “Poppy” is my husband because my dad was and I wanted it to be the same.

Grandma is a little old fashioned these days and as my granny was less than grandmotherly (that is putting it nicely!!!) I decided on something else. I loved my ex-husband’s grandmother – we called her MaMaw with a French Cajun inflection but felt it would be to hard for a baby to say who did not hear that accent. So I chose “Gimmie”. When my new grandchild says “Gimmie” I am going to say OK!

Ginga -{geen-ga} when my niece was a baby she couldn’t say Grandma so she said Ginga, now my mom has 6 grankids the name stuck.

Ging-ging = when I was little I couldn’t say grandad so I said ging-ging and it stuck!

Ginky: when my 23 yr old nephew was born, my mother wanted to be called “Granny”. Trying to get my nephew to say granny, all that came out each time was “Ginky”. It stuck. now all of the grandchildren, most of the nieces and nephews and even friend’s children refer to her as “Ginky”. On a side note, my sister could not contain ourselves 5 grandchildren and years later when we discovered that there really is a creature called a ginky. It is some kind of reptile that eats it’s young.

Go-Go: When my mother became a grandma over 7 years ago, we had to come up with a name to call her. She refused to be called Grandma. So, my sister in law, who gave birth to the first grandchild, started calling her Go-Go. It fits my mom to a T. She is always on the go. Go-Go has been her name ever since.

Goggie: (pronounced Ga- Gee) when i was little i couldn’t say grandma so i called my grandmother Goggie. the name stuck and now all of “us kids” call her this

My daughter never would call my mother “granna” which is what she wanted to be called. Instead, she calls her “Gogi”and my dad “Popi”

Gom and Gop: i called my grandma, gom and my grandpa, gop, i have no idea why i did it.

My son called my mother “Gommy” when he was little, then moved on to Grand-ma-ma……kind of like Bewitched’s little witch Tabitha…

Gommy & John, Mama & Grandaddy: My brother was the first grandchild. He couldn’t say grandmother very well; it sounded like Gommy, so that is the name that stuck to my mother’s mother. My grandfather refused to be called anything but his hame. We called him John, as did all the other grandchildren (total 8). My paternal grandfather was a very stodgy banker. We called him grandaddy, but my cousins called him pa. We called this grandmother Mama (not the sound of “o” in mom but the sound of “a” in ant) . She was also named by my brother.

GoneGone: My grandma’s name. I don’t know why, but all the grandkids and great-grandkids called her that.

Gonga: My toddler son coined the name “Gonga” for his Grandma. We weren’t quite sure where he came up with it, but we jokingly call her Gonga Dinn.

Grad: When my oldest daughter couldn’t pronounce Grandad (as all the other grandkids called him), it eventually came out “Grad” and stuck. It is such an endearment and today, my husband loves it and wants our first grandchild to call him Grad. As a new grandparent, I’m still thinking of something different for myself. Thanks for your website.

Graga: My then-2-yr-old daughter started calling my mother this. She could say the “gr” of grandmother, and since we were Mama and Papa, I guess she figured that my mother had to be Graga. We teased my mom at first about sounding like the lead character in a Japanese monster flick (Graga meets Godzilla) but we’ve gotten used to it now. My son, who is now almost 2, is picking it up as well, so it is likely to stick.

My nickname for myself is Grambo, yes like Rambo and just as fearless.

Gramcracker & Poppe – my daughter refused to call my parents Nana and Tata so when she was 5 she came up with gramcracker for my mom and poppe for my dad.

GRAMMA GREAT– This is the title we used for my great grandma. I loved calling her that because it was so unique. When I said it, people would say, “you mean your great grandma,” and I would say, “no, I mean my gramma great.”

Grammbo: My brother-in-law nicknamed my mother Grammbo after she emerged from the woods after a solo backpacking trip, wearing a bandanna around her head.

Grammema (Gram-me-ma) and my son calls my mom grammema

I go by Grammie.

Grammy—my two year old, Aiden, calls one of his grandmothers Grammy. She did not want to be called Grandmother/Grandmommy because it sounded to old and the other Grandmother was Nanny. Her husband wanted to be called Opa but she didn’t want to be called Oma so Grammy is what she chose and it was easy for Aiden to say.

My Mom wanted to be Grammy, and my In-Laws were MawMaw and PawPaw to the rest of their grands. My mother had her name, and wasn’t living near us, so I referred to my in-laws as Grandma & Grandpa to him and let him decide. That poor child ate more jars of bananas than any infant should! He would crawl down the hall hollering “Nana, Nana” and we would feed him bananas! He was calling his Grandmother, Nana! He settled on Poppa for his Grandfather. My father was going to be Poppa, since that was what we called him as kids, but he died when I was pregnant with my son, so we refer to him as Grandpa Bruce. My son still, 11, still has Grammy, Nana & Poppa, all though it’s sometimes Nanner & Popper, or sometimes just Nana & Pop. My husband’s biological mother is Grandma Ella.

My daughter has a Grammy, a Pappy (as in- Popeye’s Dad), a Granddaddy, a Mamaw, a Pop & Nana, a Papaw, aMom-maw, a GiGi and I had an Old Pop (he was Pop’s Dad).

While you already have “Grammy” listed, I did not see our grandfather’s name: “Grampy“…

Grampoo = We always called our mom’s dad this and my dad would always exagerate the “poo” to tease us. Well now our children call him Grandpoo and we think it’s great!!

GRAMPY & GIGI When I, the frist grandchild, was first learning to talk, my mom wanted me to call my grandparents Grampy and Grammy. But, “Gigi” came out instead of “Grammy” (It’s a hard g sound, not a j sound.) Now I’m 22, and all 5 of us grandchildren call her Gigi …even our friends call her that when they come over.

My mother-in-law insisted on being called “Gran“. Got the idea from a soap opera.

Gran-Gran: My daughters called my mother, Gran-Gran.

Grana & Poppy: My mother goes by Grana (Gran-uh), she thought it was cute! My dad is Poppy, I liked that.

Granbetty: My name is Betty, so my grandchildren call me Granbetty……We are all pleased with this…..it was easy for the young ones to pronounce……

Grancie, Gran & Gramps: My husband’s maternal grandparents were Gran and Gramps; his paternal grandmother was Grancie. Gran was a very domineering woman and she picked the name for the other grandmother. “Gran C” because her last name started with a C and it morphed into Grancie ~ which everyone called her until her demise at 98! We are going to be grandparents for the first time in July and I am seriously considering Grancie in honor of a most spectacular woman!

Grandbotham: Our family name is Longbotham. When the oldest grandchild was very little he couldn’t say “grandmother Longbotham” but he did say Grandbotham. The name stuck and she was known as Grandbotham to EVERYONE, including her friends.

Granddaddy: I always call my granddaddy, “grandaddy” Just kinda stuck, I guess.

Grande: My son calls my grandfather, his great-grandfather, “Grande” because he’s such a big man.

Grandee & Papa: My mother-in-law read a book by Danielle Steele and liked the grandmother’s pet name, Grandee.

Grandfather: My grandfather insisted upon nothing less than Grandfather in its entirety. If we were too young to say “Grandfather,” we didn’t call him anything at all!

“Grandfather Booom Paa” – to be used in formal situations such as out dining at McDonalds. The humor of this will be theirs when they get older. A much important sounding name for them to use as they enjoy. Just to have them talk with me is all I desire. 2 sweet little grandsons at this time less than a year old. The main reason for choosing my own is also to not have any other relative give me some childish demeaning name of their choosing.

My mother wanted to be called something “different” when I was pregnant. She invented “Grandi” (pronounced Grandee). We tried it for a couple of years, but it just never took. I wonder why?

GrandKen: My wife wanted the grandkids to call me GrandKen – and so it is.

Grandma and Grandfather: My paternal grandparents have always been “Grandma and Grandfather”. I’m not sure why, but my eldest cousin started calling them Grandma and Grandfather, and we’ve all done it, except one pair of cousins whose mother insisted that it should be “Grandmother and Grandfather” or “Grandma and Grandpa”. I think her kids use Grandpa.

Grandma and Grandpa Buttons: When I was little, my grandparents last name – Limberg – didn’t roll off my tongue very well. Their dog was named “Buttons.” Easy to say. So I called them “Grandma and Grandpa Buttons” as did my mom and dad. It was so much a part of my family lexicon that it wasn’t until I was in middle school that I realized they were actually supposed to be called Grandma and Grandpa Limberg! I decided not to and until their dying days, they were Grandma and Grandpa Buttons to me and my children.

I entered a second marriage and our two youngest children were born kind of late into our parent’s lives so both my parents and my husband’s folks already had their “grandparent names”. They were each called Grandma and Grandpa. So for my children, this posed a small problem. However, they found a way to resolve it. They added the name of their grandparents’ dogs to Grandma and Grandpa. My parents have a dog named Happy so they wereGrandma and Grandpa Happy. They did the same for my husband’s parents whose dog is Daisy. It worked great for my mother-in-law but I always felt a little sorry for my father-in-law who was called “Grandpa Daisy”. Oh well… Whatever they choose, that’s who you are from then on. You just gotta grin and bear it.

Grandma Jack: My children called my mother Grandma Jack. My step father’s name was Jack, and they heard us talk about going to see Grandma and Jack and started calling her Grandma Jack.

Grand Ma-Ma & Grand Pa-Pa: I becam a grandmother for the first time at the age of 43. Sometime this year I will be a grandmother again! I chose Grand Ma-Ma & Grand Pa-Pa. Actually, I watched the TV show Bewitched when I was a child and Endora alway “cracked me up”. That was her grandmotherly name. However, children have a way of calling us what they are able to. My little angel had a hard time with her “g” sound. As a result, she called us ma-ma-ma and pa-pa-pa. She can now say Grand Ma-Ma, but seems to prefer ma-ma-ma.

Grandma-across-the-street -When my daughter was two, I use to help take care of my husband’s grandparents. At the time, they lived in a home across from us. Every morning I would say to my daughter… “let’s go see Grandma across the street.” It wasn’t long before she thought that was her name and starting calling her it. Grandpa was simply called Grandpa Watson. Even though they have moved and since passed on, we still refer to them as “Grandpa Watson and Grandma-across-the-street.”

My grandmother was named by my cousin. He was stubborn and hard headed as a child. While my grandmother was babysitting us, he wouldn’t listen. My grandma kept asking whose the boss? he would reply grandma boss. For the rest of her life she wanted to be called Grandma Boss. She loved it so much she got vanity plates with her name on it.

I am called Grandma G. No G is not my first initial, or my last initial. My son has called me G since he was in high school. Kind of a term of endearment. Since his girls have a number of other grandparents ( Nonny, Poppy, Nana etc… ) I have been elected as Grandma G and it has stuck. My husband is Papa Paul. My children’s grandma’s were Little GrandmaBig Grandma and Grandma in Wisconsin. Oh, and my Grandma was Grammy-Pie.

Grandma Goddess: My granddaughter calls me Grandma Goddess, which doesn’t please “the other women” (her other grandma).

Grandma Meow: My son began calling my mother-in-law, Grandma Meow since he couldn’t say her first name, Mary. It’s also funny because she owns multiple cats.

My mom is called Grandma Peaches and my dad Grandpa Pitts. When My niece was three she was coming over to visit and my mom loved to can fruit every summer. My niece obviously loved those canned peaches because in her fragmented speech she squeeled with delight Grandma peaches. A while later after her name had stuck, my dad said if she is the peaches then i must be the pits!! unfortunately for him the name stuck.

My grandson (3 yrs old) calls us Grandma & Grandpa Sadie, and his other grandparents Grandma and Grandpa Sarah. He differentiates us by our DOGS!!! (I’m just glad we didn’t have our dog “Spookie” yet when he determined this) 😀

Grandma – San Diego and Grandma – Tucson We called our grandmas by their geographical locations since they could both be called grandma!

Grandmary and Pop: My Grandparents are Grandmary and Pop, Pop was what my aunt always called him and it stuck, and Grandmary came from having a young grandmother who wasn’t ready to be called Grandma so she kept changing what I was to call her, along the way she was also Momma Mary – but I got confused one day and said Grandmary, and she said that’s it and that’s what she’s been known as ever since.

Grandmom/Grandad: I had an English friend who called her grandparents “grandad” and “grandmom”. It’s not too out there, but it does modernize the names a bit.

Grandmommy: My mom decided to be called “grandmommy”. It’s adorable to hear my nieces call her that.

Grand-moo/Grand-paa-foo: Trying to get our son to use grandma and grandpa… he came up with these endearments of his own!

Grandmother: My grandson doesn’t talk yet, but when he does I just want him to call me Grandmother. My son says that’s so formal, but I like the sound of it.

Grandnan/Granga: Grandnan because my grandmother’s name is Nan..hence, GrandNAN. And I call my granfather Granga cause I couldn’t say Grandpa and it stuck for all the grandchidren.

Grandnard: My cousins called their mom Nard. I never knew why. But then our grandmother became Grandnard.

*Grandpop:* One set of my grandparents was Grandma and Grandpa, the other was Grandma and Grandpop. We always knew which grandparents we were talking about thanks to Grandpop. My children had a Grandma and Grandad and the other side was Nanny and Poppy. Makes it much easier if they are different I think.


  • My family nickname is Andy – the story is that my older sister couldn’t say Martha and since my dad kinda wanted a boy and there was a little boy down the street named Andy, I became Andy. All my family and everyone I grew up with calls me that. So when the possibility of being a grandma started being discussed, I knew what I wanted to be called -NOT Granny Andy – just Grandy
  • I began calling my great-grandmother “Grandy” as a child, and now 25 years later, all the family calls her that.

Grandy/Dar: i have called my grandparents Grandy and Dar for as long as i can remember. my grandmother wanted to be called grandmother but i couldn’t pronounce it…thus Grandy! Dar is also and term of endearment for father in Ireland and an uncle said i should call my grandfather that and i did!

Grandy & Grandymomma: When my daughter Rachel, the first grandchild was born my Dad would always give her M&M’s. candy. When she was learning to talk, she would go up too my Dad and say “Grandy” when in reality she was probably trying to ask for Candy thus my Dad became Grandy. After that, it only seemed right to refer to my Mom as Grandymomma. Now that the kids are almost grown, the teenage boys call her Grungymomma when they are picking on her!

Grandy/Pinta – This is what my son calls my Mother in Law and Father in Law. My MIL read this in a book somewhere and said she wanted to be called this because Grandma was too old. And Pinta stuck because my FIL wanted to be called Pops but his first Grandson couldn’t say it and it came out Pinta, so it stuck.

Granin: my mother-in-law wanted to be called Granny, which everyone disliked very much. After numerous attempts to get my daughter to say Granny, all she could say was Gran-in. We loved the alternative and “God Bless her Soul” she is remembered by 9 grandchildren with this name.

Granite/Granddude: My daughter calls my parent Granite and Granddude. Granite because my mom’s middle name is Nanette and we thought Grandnanette would be a mouth full so, we dropped the “Nan.” Granddude is self explanatory. My stepsister’s son came up with it, we thought it was cute, so it stuck.;o)

My grandmother was called “Granlady” because she was the big boss of a big family!

When my younger brother was about 3 to 5 years old, he would call my Grandma: “Gran-molly” but pronounced “zhran-mollie” – kind of a French accent mixed with something else (we’re not French). Grandpa thus became “Gran-polly”(pronounced “zhran-pollie”). Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) he grew out of that phase.

Granna: I have always liked “Granna” and “Grandmommy” for a Grandma. I’m going to have my children call my mom “Granna” although, she wants them to call her “Grandmommy” I don’t like “Grandmommy” as much as I like “Granna.”

Grananna and Pal: my husbands parents grananna and Pal Dave Perhaps because my twin sons love Nannas or Bannanas and couldn’t say Grandma but it stuck. And my father in law thought he was too young to be a grandpa so they call him pal

Granmoo: My mother had open her first heart surgery in 1995, needing to have a valve replaced, they used a cow’s valve. From the moment she woke up, she was “Granmoo” to her kids, in-law kids, and grandkids. She had one great granddaughter, who when she was first learning to talk settled on “G-G Maw”.

My sister has a friend whose children call their grandma “Grannanny”, a mix of “grandma” and “Nana”.

My grandparents were Granny & PawPaw one one side, and Grandpa & Sis (she was his second wife, his first dying before our birth, and that’s just what everyone called her.

Granny Granny – there was this old cartoon show that had this little old granny in it, people would great her by saying ‘Heeeeeey grannygranny’. So when I was little my Grampie would bring me over to viset her, and would say it like they did in the show. Eventurally the name stuck & everyone started calling her grannygranny. * used for a great grandmother

Granny Grump: we have also called my grandmother “Granny Grump”!

Granny Grunt: This is the name we gave to our Great Grandmother, my Mother’s grandmother. She was short and stout and every time she stood up or sat down, or did just about anything, she grunted. One of my cousin’s teasingly called her this one time and it stuck. She thought it was hilarious! I was fortunate enough to have her with us well into my 20s.

Granny-Mame: My mother always liked to be called Auntie Mame by her neices. When my oldest daughter was born, she wanted to be called something different – hence; Granny-Mame. It has stuck!

Granola: My mother’s name is Leola Mae. When my first grandchild was born of course we spent months searching for the right name to call ourselves. This child has five great grandmothers and two great grandfathers as well as two grandmothers and two grandfathers. He already had a Nana, Mimi, and several versions of Grandma. So we were determined to be different, knowing that he would eventually come up with his own name for us anyway. On the way to work one day, I just happened to dream up a combination of gran and ola for my mother’s name and she is now Granola . We all love it and it suits her to a T. She loves granola. We are still searching for just the right name for me, but we are leaning towards Granette.

When my first child was born, she was the first grandchild for my parents. When asked what he wanted to be called, my old New England, proper Bostonian father said, “Why nothing short of Grandfather, Sir” Well, that was too much, so he has been Gransir for 26 years, and has just become a great grand father. We haven’t talked about it, but, I don’t think at this time we would give him another name.

Grantie: My niece has two beautiful girls and they call me “Grantie”.

Gray-gray & PopPop: We wanted to be called “Gramsie” and “Popsie” but it got lost in the translation and we’re now known as “GrayGray” and “PopPop”

Have you ever heard of the name Graylor for a grandmother? My next door neighbor, who came from New England, was called this.

My mother was like a grandma to a dear friend of mines children. She started out to be Gram, but as their fourth child started to talk, she pronounced it Grea and it has stuck.The older ones switch back and forth from calling her Gram or Grea, but for the two younger ones she’s Grea!! pronounced GRE-AH.

Great: My daughter was the first great grandchild. My husband’s grandmother wanted to be called “Great Grandmother”, but that was too much for a toddler, so she (my daughter) shortened it to Great. It caught on and soon all of her children and grandchildren were simply calling her “Our Great”.

Great-ma/Great-pa: We call my great grandma and great grandpa, great-ma and great-pa, because great granma was way too long.

Great Mama is what we call my grandma. My daughter calls her Great Grandma “Great Mama” because she couldn’t say Great Grandma. And it just stuck… Mamie and Bampie are my in laws. This is also my husband’s Grandparents.Grams Emmaleigh is what my kids call my mom although her name is Kathi. I have called her Emmaleigh since I was a teenager. It just sort of stuck, so it seemed natural to have my kids call her Grams Emmaleigh. Grandpa Uncle Chuck is my cousins grandpa/uncle. Their grandmother married her brother in law, so now Uncle Chuck is Grandpa too.

Greena: One of my younger cousins couldn’t say grandma because of a speech impediment and somehow it came out as Greena. Everyone called her this, even our childhood friends. When she passed away many of our friends were surprised that it wasn’t her real name (Nancy).

Gringo & Meemo: My parents became “young” grandparents at the age of 40. My father decided he didn’t want to be Grandpa, so he had my nephew call him “Gringo” – a nickname his friends had given him because of his Latin looks. My mom was called “Meemo”. There was an eleven year gap before the next grandchild, my daughter, was born. I asked mom and dad if they wanted to reevaluate their grandparent monikers since they were now older. After much evaluation, they decided to stay Meemo and Gringo due to the uniqueness.

Grossmommy/Grossdaddy: My father is Pennsylvania Dutch, and in his people’s language the words for “Grandma” and “Grandpa” are “Grossmommy” and “Grossdoddy”, pronounced GROWS-mommy and GROWS-doddy. With every generation you add another gross, so your great grandparents are Gross-Grossdoddy and Gross-Grossmommy. People often called their gross-grossdoddy Gross-Gross for short.

Gru / Noodle – A good friend calls her grandparents this. Of course, she also calls her parents Big Mama and Little Arf.

Grum: i call my grandmother “grum” or “grummy” i don’t know why, but it started when i was 17, right after my beloved granddaddy died. we’re very close, and she’s a wonderful person, who hated the name at first but now insists that all my friends and small children call her this. interestingly, i am Nanner, MyNanner, or Nana to all the kids she babysits. go figure.

Grump: my cousin always calls our grandfather “grump” when she was younger she used to call him that to pick at him. now she is in her late 20’s and that is the only she calls him to this day.

My Dad is known as “Grumpa” (without having to explain that he is as grumpy as they come! ha ha)!

Grumpa and Wicky: My daughter and niece call my step-mother Wicky. Wicky is short for wicked step-mother, and it started as a joke, but it stuck. Now that my mom has passed away, Wicky is their only grandma on my side of the family. We get cards and letters signed from Grumpa and Wicky. The kids don’t really call him Grumpa though…they call him Grampa or Grampy.

Grumps and Bonbon: We call my grandparents Grumps and Bonbon because the first of 13 grandchildren couldn’t say grandpa, she said “Grumps” so it stuck. My grandmother’s name is Bonnie, but the grandkids have always called her Bonbon.

Grumpy & Nana: although Grumpy was not the slightest bit grumpy. He was called Grumpy instead because his dad was called “Grump”, but I’m not sure of his temperament

Grumpy Grampa = I also work in a child care and one little girl calls her mom’s dad Grumpy Grampa. I’m not sure why, but she seems to adore him.

Grunkle: a combination of Grandpa and Uncle because I married my stepmother’s brother and we bred (LOL) and he is now both and uncle and grandfather.

Gruntsie & Grundie: My daughter calls my parents “Nana” and “Papa” but my Aunt wanted her to call them “Gruntsie” and “Grundie”. I have no idea where she got those names!

Guapo: It didn’t feel right for my father’s step grandchildren to call him “Grandpa.” He decided on “Guapo”, which means “handsome” in Spanish.

We called our Dad’s Mom—-Gubby. The first grandchild couldn’t say grandma and that’s what she came up with. That name was used by all the rest of us.

Guedo/Taita: My grandparents were called by the Arabic names for grandmother and grandfather. I am not sure how to spell them but this is close: Guedo (grandpa) and Taita (grandma). My other grandparents are called Grammy and Gramps.

Guela and Guelo: The Spanish words for grandmother and grandfather are “Abuelo” and “Abuela” but my father’s family is Dominican where the dialect is quite different from other Spanish countries. “Guela” and “Guelo” is similar to “Grams” or “Granny” in English.

We called my granfather “Gungi” (gung ghee). I was the first grandchild, and somehow turned Grandpa into Gungi. It stuck.

Gumpa: When I was a baby, I couldn’t pronounce the word Grandpa. Whenever I said Grandpa, it came out asGumpa. My Gumpa loved it and wanted everyone to call him this. My two brothers also call him Gumpa.

Guppy: My granddaughter tried saying granny and ended up saying guppy. To this date ( and that was 12 years ago and 3 more grandchildren) I am still called guppy and I love it.

When I was born, my grandmother was called Grandma. By the time my baby brother came around, it was shortened to Gram. Since my son (now 10) learned to speak, we’ve all called her Gum.

Gwanpa & Gy: I love being called gwanpa by my 18-month old granddaughter. But my wife has found her handle of “granny” has somehow been shortened to “Gy” (pronounced “Ghee”) — usually stated in a loud and demanding voice, as in “Gy! Book!” (“Come and read to me, granny.”)

Granddaughter Jamie, now expecting, named me Hapa (pronounce as Hap-py) because she couldn’t say Grandma. Now what does Jamie’s Mom call herself? Hapa II?

Happy/Duke: My family’s always been prone to odd naming conventions: for three generations on my dad’s side, all of us went by second names, diminutives of middle names, or just plain unrelated nicknames. (My grandparents, Clarence Albert and Ethel Olive, went by “Duke” and “Happy”.)

My husband called his paternal grandmother Hiee (High E) because whenever the boys would come visit she would greet them at the door with Hi, Hi!

Ho Ho: My father was called “Ho Ho” by the grandchildren.

We stayed with my grandparents until I was nearly three. I was the first born, so what I said stuck. My grandparents called, (and still do) each other Hon, and Hun. I imitated my Nannie calling my grandfather Hun, and everyone thought it was cute. It stuck. When my uncle had his son, Hun said he did not want to be called Hun by a boy, so it became Poppy. My own son, now twelve, has always called him Poppy, but refers to him as Hun when he is not around, and only in a very endearing way.

Honey-When my bestfriend got pregnant her Mom said she was too young to be called Grandma so she chose to be called Honey and now that the baby can talk she is Honey.

My mother also did not want to be Grandma or Nanna… At the time there was a song called the Hootennanny Granny. Mum decided that would be her name..Hootennnanny…this was of course shortened to Hooti..and so the name stuck!

Honey and Gee: Grandma Honey and Gee because my grandma was so sweet and my grandma called my grandpa The Fibber Magee so I just called him Gee.

Honey Love & Buddy: My mom likes to be called (instead of Granny, or MawMaw, etc.) = Honey Love. My Dad is called = Buddy

When my little sister was learning to talk and my brother and I called our dad “Poppa”, she just couldn’t get it out right. I came out “Hoppa” so all 3 of us began to call him Hoppa. I had the first grandchild and thought it would be nice to “carry on” the tradition. That way, the grandkids had a Grandpa on oine side and Hoppa on the other. Even now, my kids are in their 30’s and they stiull call him Hoppa and so do their adult friends.

Hot Gamma: My sons calls his Grandmother “Hot Gamma”. It started out one day when she gave him a hot piece of gum. He associated the two together and now at 3 years old “Hot Gamma” sticks! We love the name and smile whenever it is said.

Jaja: My daughter calls my dad JaJa. (pronounced juh-juh). Dad says it’s Polish.

my 2 grandchildren call me “Jazzie“! I decided I didn’t want a run-of-the-mill grandmother name! I’ll never forget when MY first grandchild called my name out (an aisle or 2 over from where I was!) when we were shopping at a store! That moment was one of the thrills of my life!

Jebbie & Pappoo: my second oldest neice chose for her father’s parents are pretty different. Jebbie & Pappoo, it was just what she started calling them.

Jiichan/Baachan: I also call my Papa “Jiichan”. It is Japanese – sort of a diminutive for “Ojiisan”, meaning “Grandfather”. On the flip side, I occasionally refer to my grandmother as “Baachan”, diminutive of “Obaasan” – “Grandmother”.

JoJo and Papa (paw-paw) – I came up with the JoJo on my own. Everyone called her by her name (Josephine). I kept trying to say it, but I couldn’t it. So to me and my brother she was JoJo. To the older cousins, she was Granny.

Kakie – my name is Kathie and all 4 of my younger siblings called me Kakie before they could say Kathie so it was an easy choice for a small child to begin saying. My husband is Poppa – as was his grandfather.

My grandmother was British and her name was Kate so we called her “Katygran“. She was much loved and lived to be 103 which was not surprising as she had a real zest for life.

Kia: My friend’s granddaughter calls her Kia, the childhood imaginary friend of Andrea, the child’s mother.

Kinky & Pa: My maternal grandparents were called Pa and Kinky! I think someone tried to call her by her name, Carina, and Kinky came out and stuck.She was known to our whole town as Kinky or Aunt Kinky.

I was just looking up names for grandmothers and came across your page. My mother was a very young grandmother and didn’t want to be called Grammy, so she named herself “Kishka” and from that point on she was known by everyone for over 35 years as “Kishka”.

Koko/Musher: My daughter calls her grandma & grandpa “Koko & Musher”. I’m not sure of the spelling, but their origins are Cree. “Kokum” is grandmother, & “Koko” is grandma. Grandfather in Cree is “Mushoom” but grandpa didn’t want to be mistaken for fungus. So he thought of what it would be like on the trap lines up North (like Koko’s family had been) & came up with “Musher”, like the guy who makes the dogs on the sled go fast. Mush!

Kupuna/Puna: We had our little girl in July. She will be calling my mother-in-law Kupuna or Puna for short. I guess Kupuna is Hawaiian for grandparent.

La Lu: when my children were young, they called my Mother “La Lu” and the name stuck and all the grandchildren called her that. She just loved being their “Lal Lu”.

Lain-Lain and Gran-Dan: we called my aunt lain-lain for elaine and thats what her granddaughters call her now; they call her husband gran-dan (Dan).

LaLa: My grandson calls me La La. When he was a baby and I rocked him,instead of humming when I didn’t know the words i would sing la la la…..He has passed the tradition on to my granddaughter as well!!

I was watching the stories (soap operas) many years ago and I heard one of the characters on the story refer to her grandmother as Yana. I thought that was the cutest thing. Well many years later, (and I was still young) I had my first grand son and I decided I wanted to be called Yana but I spelled mine Llana. Now I have seven grand sons and they all call me Llana and I love it.

Lolli & Pop: My Mother-in-law chose the following names for herself and my Father-in-Law to be called by their grandchildren: She is: Lolli He is: Pop Get it? Lolli-Pop…. Just makes me roll my eyes every time I think about it!!!

Lolly & Pops: My nickname growing up was Lolly so my husband and I decided we would be Lolly and Pops.

Ma-: When I was growing up, my granddaddy was remarried. So we called my step-grandma Ma-Grace and my real grandma Ma-Gert (short for Gertrude).

Maam and Non– From Granmammy, I got Mam- Now made sophisticated with the double A’s and from Grandfather, I got Non- go figure! We always sounded so polite when speaking to my grandmother!

Maama and Meemo: When our oldest was trying to say grandma it would always come out maama. She thought it was so cute that she would have him say it over and over. When it came time to talk about the other grandma they automatically decided that meemo was the opposite of maama. Both grandmothers love their names and to this day all of their grandchildren call them maama and meemo. They spell the names Mama and Mimo.

Mackey: My first grandson named me “Mackey” and it’s stuck. Now I even have a few contemporary friends calling me Mackey. (pronounced Mock-key)

Madear: My grandmother likes to be called Madear. Her kids, grandkids, and everyone else calls her this.

MaeMae: When I was little, an elderly couple at church took care of me, and later my two sisters, while my mother was at work. They were grandparents many times over at this time, and had christened the gentleman, Pop-Pop. The woman’s name was Virginia-Mae (Grandma to her grandbabies) but at 1 1/2 I couldn’t say this, and it came out as “Mae-Mae” instead. Now, all the kids at church know this lovely woman that teaches them in Sunday School as Mae-Mae!

Maga: When our first grandchild started talking, she called us Gama and PaPa. But for some reason she started reversing the Gama into Maga. It has stuck and now all three grandkids call me “Maga”. The one downside is that when the youngest one was asked about her two grandmothers, she said she only had one! She didn’t realize that “Grandma” and “Maga” were one in the same!

Mager Pronounced ma grr. this was started by my little girl when my older daughter would always say grama, grama, grama really fast when she would see her . The little one heard it backwards it stuck

Mahsie — (Pronounced ma-zee) My brother sister and I (as well as all of our cousins) called our grandmothers on both sides “Mahsie.” I have no idea why, but I was told that it was a German or Austrian name for grandmother. With our first child due soon, my mother has been asked to be called Mahsie too. 

My children call my mother “Mairma“. When I asked my mom where that came from she said that I called my grandmother that when I was really young. So she thought she’d pass it on to my 4 children. Just recently she said I could change it if I wanted to. (my oldest child being 25) She wouldn’t mind. They could call her Marilyn Monroe or Ester Williams or Lassie!!! She is an “entertaining woman”!!

Mama: i call my one grandma mama (thats what my uncle called her when he was younger and i heard it and thats what i thought her name was). another alternative is to call them granma “first name” like granma kathey or granpa bob (whay my cousins and i call my grandparents)

MamaJo & Pop: My husband chose his own….Pop. Same as his dad. My son chose MamaJo for me for his stepdaughter to use. She knows both her biological grandparents, and needed something for me. When she first started talking she used “mom” because that’s what she heard my son call me. We now have a biological grandson also, and the name is sticking. It works for me.

Mama Max & Grandpa Joe: My children call my parents Mama Max and Grandpa Joe. Fairly normal, I guess, since my paternal grandparents had similar names (Mother Bess and Daddy Jess). 

Mamalee – What we call my maternal grandmother. Her middle name is Lee. Her children called her mother (their grandmother) Mamalou.

My wife’s parents chose – Maman and Grandbuddy–Buddy for short. They are known by everyone as Maman and Buddy.

My brother-in-law was born while my inlaws were stationed in Japan, so they wanted to be called Mamasan and Papasan by the grandchildren.

Mamasister and Papando: My husband’s grandparents on his father’s side were Mamasister and Papando. His grandparents on his mother’s side were Papa and Mama (with the accent on the last a in both names).

Mamaw/ Nee-daddy: Not sure where nee-daddy came from, but it was what we called him


  • I think it’s more of a southern way to call your grandparents.
  • when I first started talking I walked into my grandparents hallway and started yelling, “Pawpaw, Pawpaw.” And later I caught on to Mawmaw.

Mamboo/Grandy – My maternal grandmother was a small-town social climber, very formal, and wanted her grandchildren (*shudder*) to call her “Grandmother.” Kind of a mouthful for a baby. So the first grandkid mispronounced it “Mamboo” and yeah, it stuck, much to her chagrin — throughout her life she would still sign birthday cards “Grandmother W.” in the vain hope that she could turn the tide. Never happened.

Her husband had wanted to be called “Granddad,” and that got shortened to “Grandy,” which he liked.

MaMere: When my granddaughter was born 11 years ago, I chose to be called “MaMere”. She was 6 years old before she knew I was her “grandma”. The name is now used by family, friends and co-workers. My job takes me to various schools in my district, and many times I am greeted as “MaMere”. Keely made up a poem about her “MaMere” a few years ago. It goes like this, “MaMere is not here, she’s out drinking a beer”. I countered with this, “MaMere is so fine, she only drinks wine”.

Mamey & Pa Brown: we called my maternal grandmother Mamey pronounced Mam ee, I’m guessing it came from yes mam’, but don’t really know. We called my grandfather Pa or Pa Brown (last name).

Mamie-sani & Pami-sani: Our grandchildren live in France where the pet names for grandparents are “mamie and papi”. Since our last name is Pisani, we combined the two for “Mamie-sani and Papi-sani.

My kids call there Grandmother ‘Mamma G’ as she thought she was too young to be called Grandma. SHe set my two eldest daughters to work on a new name and it was my four year old who came up with it. We always thought it was very cute.

Mammy and Pop-Bob When I was little, I have trouble saying Mamaw Maggie and Papaw Bob, so they eventually got morphed into Mammy and Pop-Bob. My grandparents love these names so much that even now, the tell all of their friends, and they that they wish I was the oldest grandchild, so that all of us would have called them by these names instead of just my brother and me.


Mamo and Backy – These are the names that were given to my great grandparents. I’m not really sure how either came about.

I’m from the south. As a baby I termed the words: mamomy and papoppy

Mamoo: We are of Irish ancestry & called our Grandmother “Mamoo” which she chose when she arrived in the states.

MaMu: My name, to my five grandchildren, is MaMu. Originally it was to be MaMaw, but before the first grandchildren could speak, a son-in-law thought MaMu was pretty funny. I’m sure he had MaMoo (as in cow) in mind. He’s great, don’t get me wrong. I now say MaMu – grandmother to Shamu. When they’re older, they can call me “Mu” if they want.

I named my grandparents Mamps & Pamps. I don’t have a clue where I came up with that!

Mardi/Cappy: My family all call my grandmother and grandfather Mardi and Cappy. I really don’t know where Mardi originates from (New Zealand I’ve been told) and Cappy, short for my grandfather’s nickname at the time which was Captain Rats, which unfortunately us grandchildren caught onto and it has stuck.

Marmie: Ever since watching Little Women, my mother has wanted are children to call her this.

Marnie: Myself and my ten cousins call my grandmother, Marnie. I called her mummy one day when I was little and that’s how it came out. It stuck. I’m 27 now and we still call her that.

Mater/Pater: We called my grandparents Mater & Pater (ma-tare, pa-tare). I think it’s Latin.

Mauka: When my grandson was small (he’s now in his 20’s), every time we read a story about a grandma or grandpa, he would say “Mauka”. We had no idea where he came up with that since it doesn’t even sound like the words. My daughter said she hated to see him lose that. Since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be called by the grandchildren, I said, “That’s easy. I’ll become Mauka.” And that is my name to all of my grandchildren to this day.

Maw-Maw Moosey & Paw-Paw Groovy: My niece always called her mother Moosey and her father Groovy. She nicknamed them that when she was young. Now that she has children of her own they call them Maw-Maw Mooseyand Paw-Paw Groovey, isn’t that funny.

Mawdette: My grandmother are still alive. To avoid confusion about what a great grandma is (she thinks that all of her grandparents are pretty great!) my daughter calls her Mawdette. Her first name is Claudette. Mawdette is a blended version of what I have always called her MawMaw Claudette. She is the only great grandchild so we are excited to see if it will stick.

Maynah and Petah (since my parents still had living parents called traditionally grandma and grandpa, they chose to reinforce whatever my eldest niece called them first)

Meimie & Pepere: We, as grandparents aged 69 and 74, are called Meimie (memere) and Pepere as French Canadian grandparent names.

Meemer/Poppy: My ex-boyfriend’s family all called his grandparents “Meemer and Poppy.” I have no idea where this came from, but I’ve always liked it.

Mema & Bepa: For some reason, we have always been MEMA and BEPA to two of our grandkids, and the one in a different family calls us Grandma and Grandpa.. We have no idea where the names came from.

Mema & Buddy – When my son was first learning to talk, he would alway say “me” instead of “my” when he was letting us know something belonged to him. So I was going around the room pointing to things that were mine saying “my” before them. Well, my mom was in the room and I said “My mommy” and he said, “No Mema!” He and I teased each other back and forth alittle while and then he just started calling her Mema all the time. My mom loves it!

Memaw & Blah Blah: I had a friend who called her grandparents “Memaw and Blah Blah”. I’m not sure if that’s how they would have spelled Blah Blah but that’s how it sounds!


  • My husband called his maternal grandparents Memaw and Bepaw — I understand variants of this are common in the American south (his mother was from Virginia).
  • I don’t know who started it but it stuck like glue! My grandmother was always proud of being “Meema” because if you reverse the two sylables you get (Mamee) or Mommy. It doesnt work for Beepa, but it is still cute. I think it may have come from my gramp making a fool of himself to make us smile by zooming around the room making car noises and saying “beep beep”.

I call my grandparents Me-maw and Granddaddy. I’m not sure how we got the name, but 8 grandchildren have called them by those names for years now.

My cousins call their other grandparents by Me-maw and Happy. Me-maw of course just stuck, but Happy has an unusual story. They were all singing happy birthday one year, when the twins were pretty young. And they said “happy birthday to Happy, happy birthday to you!” From then on, he has remained Happy. (literally) 🙂

We are calling ourselves Meemaw/Mimaw Sue and Pappa Steve. We pretty much let our daughters try and pick these out when we found out we were expectant grandparents. No real family history with this one, just trying to find different names so there would be no confusion which grandparents the children would be talking about.

My grandsons and granddaughter call me Memaw and my husband Pawpaw. They call my mom and dad, Uma and Papaw. They first called my mom cuckoo because she would let them pull the cuckoo clock chains. Now they’ve changed that, and she is thankful.

Meme: I didn’t want to be called Gramma, so decided on Meme after reading Isabel Allende’s book “Paula”. That’s what she called one of her grandmothers. Now I’m Meme to all my grandchildren. Their other grandmother is Mimi.

Meme/FaFa: My kids named my mom Meme my dad FaFa my grandfather is simply Grandpapa and my sister (their aunt) is LaLa. I have no clue where my kids got these names. When my kids made up the names I had never heard of a Meme and have still never heard of another Fafa.

Memere and Pepere

  • I call my grandparents Memere and Pepere. It is Acadian french and I find sounds more detailed than Meme and Pepe. The only trouble is my dad had a really hard time learning how to pronounce it and being as they had five girls all the husbands found it very difficult not to make comments. One such that the newest uncle found hilarious Memere, Memere with the big derriere. She didn’t find it that flattering.
  • Grandma & Grandpa in French, we’ve used these names for generations since we’re French Canadian decent!

My kids call my parents Memere and Grandfather, and my husbands parents Grandma and Peepop.

Memere & Grumpy: Our grandparents were affectionately known as “Memere and Grumpy… the best in the world!” Memere is French Canadian-American and Grumpy was Polish-American. Everyone in our family has funny names given to them usually by children…. My sister Pudi, my husband is newly christened Babo, my mother ChaCha….

Memo and Ddad. My dad’s nickname for my mother was ‘Mo’ and my mother wanted to be called grandmother. My son hearing the two names when he was younger came up with Memo for my mother and he shortened granddad to D-dad. Gam-mo and Gan-dad. My mother and father wanted to be called Grandmother and Granddad, but their first granddaughter had other ideas. She shortened both names.

Me-Mom: My boyfriend and all of his cousins call his maternal grandmother, Me-Mom….I don’t know the history of why the call her that. When we started dating three years ago, I wondered but never asked.

Me-Mom & P-Pop: My daughter’s great-grandparents are from the east (Pennsylvania). I always assumed it was an eastern tradition.

My in laws were called, Memom Woo-dean (her name is Loudean) and Pa Pa Jim. My mother was called Memom Dor-tah (her name was Dortha) as you can see my kids couldn’t talk plain either and that stuck until they could say it correctly.

Memuzzer: My mother called her maternal grandmother ‘Memuzzer’ — she was pretty much raised by her grandmother (her mother was an R.N. and could only come home on weekends), so she used ‘Memuzzer’ to distinguish between her grandmother and her mother.

Meoss: (Mee-oss) this name popped out of my mouth at age 2 and stuck. My parents and grandparents had to figure out the spelling based on how I pronounced it at the time.

Mima: My mom’s friend is called “Mima” by her grandchildren. (Mi ma is “my mom” in spanish, I think that’s where it comes from.)


  • My son calls me Meemo now, and MiMi when he was younger, so that is what I have chosen WAY in advance to be called by my grandchildren! Who knows about my husband. He’ll just be happy if they call him anything, especially if the call him about going fishing! Maybe they’ll call him Honey like our son did when he was a toddler. I always refered to him as Honey when talking to him, and our son would holler from his crib, “HONEY!” when he was ready for his Daddy to get him out of bed. Now he’s Dad and I’m either Mom, Mother or Meemo!
  • I am about to become a grandmother for the first time. My kids call my mother MiMi and my husband’s mother isMawMaw. I called my maternal grandmother “Grandma” and my paternal grandmother “Granny”.
  • I started out by calling myself grammy to my new grandbaby Zoe. When she was about 9 months old she started calling me MiMi on her own. I loved it!!
  • When our first grandchild was born my husband and I decided we would be grandpa and Grammy. I had called my grandmother, Grammy. However when our grandson started to talk he looked at my husband and pronounced him Papa. I was so jealous that my husband had gotten a name and I didn’t. I realized that Papa is the end of Grandpa. So then Mimi would be the end of Grammy. So the next time we saw our grandson, I told him I was Mimi and he looked at me and said Mimi. And that’s how I became Mimi.
  • My grandmother’s name is Marian, but i could not pronounce it properly when i was younger. ( the same old story) ‘Mimi’ is a name i could pronounce easily, and i can still call her that without wanting to hide.
  • Our daughter, at about 6 months, looked at my mom and said Mimi! It stuck and Mimi she is still today.
  • My nephew calls my mom “Mimi” because he could never say grandma.

MimiJune & PapaVon: My mother didn’t like any names for her that started with grand. So my kids call their grandmother “MimiJune.” Her first name is June so we just put Mimi with it. They call their grandfather “PapaVon.” His first name is Vonell (an old southern name).

Mimi, Big Dog & Papa Greg: My sister-in-law’s husband’s mother has chosen “Mimi”, his father (in denial about being a grandfather) wants to be called “Big Dog”. I also have chosen “Mimi” for our grandchildren to call me (I’ll have just turned 40 when the baby comes… much to young to be a “Grandma” or “Granny”.) My husband is also in denial about being a grandfather at 40 and has suggested things like “Visitor”, “Exhalted One”, or just Greg (his name). I have told him these are unacceptable and he will be “Papa” or “Papa Greg”… and that’s final! LOL

Mimi & Fafie: My sister’s grandchildren call her and her husband “MiMi” and “Fafie”. When her daughter was a young child, my sister, who was divorced remarried and her daughter called her new husband “Favie” (pronounced “Fah-vie”). She tried to get her children to call him that but it came out “Fafie” (Fah-fie). So that is what he is called.

MiMi & Go-Daddy: We call my husbands parents MiMi and Go-Daddy. MiMi, just because that is what she wanted, but Go-Daddy because the oldest grandson (Travis) couldn’t say Grand Daddy, it came out Go-Daddy. We settled on this as opposed to “Mr. Bronson” which was his first request! I don’t think he was ready to become a grandfather!

My parents were MiMi and Granddaddy to our kids and my husbands parents are MaMa and PaPa (pronounced MawMaw and Pawpaw) My sister, who’s quite vain and although wanted grandchildren, didn’t want to be called the traditional name. So since her name is Lee Ann she chose “E” because that’s what her grands would say when they tried to pronouce her name.

Mimi and Grandpappy: Twenty-five years ago my daughter was asking my mother for some milk and ‘Mimi’ stuck. My father wanted something with a little bit of class, so he became Grandpappy

We have been Mimi and Paps. My wife came up with Mimi first and when I asked my daughter for her recommendation she suggested that since my wife was Mimi that made me peepee.

MiMi and Pops: When our first grandchild started to talk at 15 months of age, she called us Bama for Gramma and Bampa for Grampa. This lasted for about 3 months. One day when she was about 18 months, she walked into our house and said “Hi, Mimi!” and “Hi, Pops!” No one seems to know why she just decided out of the blue to call us these names, but we have been “MiMi” and “Pops” ever since. The rest of our grandchildren call us the same names, as they are easy for them to say. Once in a while, 2 of the children will call my husband, “Popsito”, which I think is their version of the Spanish “Papacito”.

Min-Maw & J.C.: My two sons chose to call my parents: Min-maw and J.C. My daddy’s given name was J.C. and my mother always referred to their grandfather as J.C. so it stuck and even I went around calling my daddy J.C. in front of the boys.

Minnow and Pa-Minnow: one set of my great-grandparents who we called “Minnow and Pa-minnow” because they lived on a lake where there were lot of little minnow fish we could chase.

My friend and I are not married but I am very close to his grandson. Since I’ve always wanted to be a clown named ‘Miss Giggles’, that is the name that his grandson will call me, Miss Giggles.

Mo & Big Daddy: My grandchildren call me Mo because that is what my 3 boys called my mom who has passed away. My husband is called Big Daddy and it fits him, not because he is big! Ha! His mother suggested that name when our first grandbaby was born. I told them I loved it for him, but I was not going to be called Big Mama!!!

When I was younger, like 1 year old or so I could not say grandma and Grandpa so I called my grandparents on my mom’s side Mocha (Grandma) and Bocha (Grandpa). My Grandpa didn’t want to be called Grandpa so we argued about it, well kinda. Eventually I grew out of it. Now they are Grandma and Grandpa, sometimes Grumpa.

Momeo: My children call their maternal grandmother “Momeo”.

Momo & Popo:

  • our oldest grandson, now 36, started Momo and Popo and we are that to both sons, daughters, ex daughters-in-laws, all the grandchildren and soon our brand new great grandchildren. Never hear grandpa or grandma. We like this.
  • We call my grandparents Momo and Popo. Because my mom got the idea from a friend of hers. They were easy to say.

Momon & Bahbah: being Persian, I’ve always called my grandparents, Momon & Bahbah

Mom-mom and Pop-pop: This what all the cousins (except my brother) call our grandparents. I don’t know who came up with “mom-mom”, but my grandfather was first called “pop-pop” by my oldest cousin when she was 2 because he was her pop’s pop. And that name just stuck! Maybe that’s how our grandmother became “mom-mom” too.

Momette: When I came along as the first grandchild in the late 60’s, my grandmother (ahead of her time!) was already rebelling against the blue-haired lady stereotype. Her name was Annette and she elected to be called “Momette.” My mother’s name is Nancy. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she chose to be called “Grancy” by her six grandchildren.

Momma Honey: My next-door-neighbor calls her maternal grandmother “Momma Honey“. The grandmother wanted her first born to call her “Momma” so when she started walking, she would hold out her hands and say “Come to Momma, Honey.” It’s been Momma Honey ever since.

MommaMia-We are Italian, and this works perfectly. Ususally shortened to Mia!

Mommar: I started calling my mom’s mom “Mommar” as soon as I could talk and it stuck. The rest of my sisters called her this as well until she passed away. It was her name. It even made it onto the tombstone! She loved being the only Mommar!

Mommie/Daddie: My aunt always heard my Mamaw call her parents “Mommie” and “Daddie” , and therefore they became Mommie and Daddie to all of their grand children.

Mommommie– I call my maternal grandmother ‘Mommommie” and always have. I suppose as a toddler, it just made sense as I had apparently figured out that this person was my ‘Mom’s Mommie”. No one else calls her that, but me and she feels very special. I always change greeting cards to say Mommommie or create my own. Now that my own daughter’s on the way, there is speculation as to what she will call Mommommie, who will be her great grandmother. I say it’s simple- she’ll say Mommommommie- because she’s Mom’s Mommommie! =) My mom says that they tried to get me to call my grandpa, ‘Daddaddy” and I wouldn’t say it- I explained to them that this makes no sense, he’s not my Dad’s Daddy, he was Mom’s Daddy!

Mommy Grandma: My parents lived right next door to my mother’s parents. From day one, I saw my grandmother about as often as my mother so as babies sometimes do, I came up with a unique but perfectly logical moniker for my grandma: Mommy Grandma!

When I was younger I called my maternal grandparents “Mommy’s Mommy and Grampa“. Being the stylish and modern sort that she is, my grandmother hated anything associated with being old & fogey, thus Mommy’s Mommy instead of Grandma. Now that I’m an adult, she prefers to just be called by her first name, Carol. And I believe Grampa was simply the natural pronunication that came about from trying to say “Grandpa” when I was really young, and the name just stuck.

Momsy: My sister- in-law  in Texas is Momsy….I think she liked that much better than “Big Momma”

Mona: When my husband’s sister was little, she could not say Grandma and instead said Mona. She was the youngest grandchild at the time, but all the older grandchildren stopped saying Grandma and replaced it with Mona as well. From then on, my husband’s maternal grandmother has been known as Mona.

My mother wanted my daughter, her first grandchild, to call her “Mumsie“. When my daughter tried to pronounce it, Mumsie became “Money“! So, my mother thought it was cute and didn’t want to change what her first grandchild called her and went with it! However, she decided to spell it Monee‘. She had 5 grandchildren who called her Monee’ and now has 8 great-grandchildren who know who Monee’ was!

Moogie: My mother didn’t feel like a Granny at age 50, when she became a grandmother. Moogie was what the Ferengi called their mother on Star Trek–my mother just thought it was really cute.

Mooma and Poopa: My husband’s paternal grandparents were supposed to be Oma and Opa, the German words for grandma and grandpa but his sister could’t quite say it and it came out Mooma and Poopa!

Moomie & Gramps: My grandma was Moomie. Her husband was Gramps…until I had kids and my Dad became Gramps….Then Moomie’s husband became Old gramps! or worse he sometimes calls himself Bald gramps! But hey, he is 98 and I guess he knows names will never hurt him!

Moo-moo/Poo-poo: In Texas I have heard most of the people call thier grandparents by MaMaw and PaPaw, or MeMaw and PePaw so now that my husband and I are grandparents we have decided on MooMoo and PooPoo. The PooPoo fits him!! I don’t know about the MooMoo part for me though. LOL.

Mop: My grandma name is MOP.

Moppy and Poppy: We chose Moppy and Poppy –  Poppy came easily, and I liked the idea of rhyming nicknames.  Sixteen years later, I no longer think Moppy is a weird choice.

Mops and Pops: When my daughter was born my mom decided that she wanted to be called Nana, and my dad would be Pop. I like this because of the book “Hop on Pop.” But my dad decided that he thought it would be better as Mops and Pops. We’ll see which one sticks when my daughter starts talking. Maybe she will change the names to something else altogether! My sister who is now expecting her first child is voting for Moomy and Poopy. My sister who is now expecting her first child is voting for Moomy and Poopy.

Mor-Mor & Pop-Pops // TuTu and FarFar: My children called my parents Mor-Mor (Swedish for Mother’s Mother because that is what my mother called her Swedish grandmother) and Pop-Pops (what my sisters and I called our Grandfather). For my husband’s parents, they went by TuTu (his brother’s kids were born in Hawaii) and FarFar (Swedish for Father’s Father) which we selected for him. Since I just found out I am going to be a grandmother, this information is just what I wanted. I want to pick a name other than Grandmother (sounds too old), although if my grandchild changes it, that is OK too.

More Mommy: My husband’s grandmother had two names…some called her “More Mommy” and some called her“Turtle”. That second name came about because she was talking with some of the little ones one day and asked what would be a better name than “More Mommy” [which i happen to think is pretty good], and one of the little ones piped up with “TURTLE!” And so it was!

My daughter who is now 29 was sitting on her grandfather’s lap one day when she was 18 months. She pointed at his chest and said “Moredaddy“. That became his name for all the grandchildren. Even some of our friends began calling him that. Everyone just seemed to like it.

Mornie/Marnie: My birth mother’s grandmother (maternal) was always called something like “Mornie”. My sister’s m-i-l is called “Marnie” by her grandchildren. Both names used in Victoria, Australia. Can this be such a coincidence?

Mrs. O & Bish: My grandparents on my father side were call Mrs.O and Bish. Mrs. O was nick name her son gave her. Mrs. O’Rourke real name. My grand father was named after a Pope and a Cardinal but not a bishop. His mother realized this and it ended up called him bish as a nick name. He then wanted to called Bish as a grandparent’s name.

My granddaughter Johnna, now 2 yrs old, started calling me Muckum, around a year old. She could not pronounce Grandma. It’s funny because she is very articulate for a 27 month old, and can pronounce just about everything , including Grandma, but she continues to call me Muckum, and so I guess this is who I am. LOL! Her little friends call me Muckum too! #2 grandchild is on it’s way, and I am wondering if I will be Muckum forever! How’s that for a name!!!

Mudder Mell: My Grandmothers name is Nell she was trying to get me to say Grandmother but Mudder Mell is how I said it..later on it got change to Mother Nell and it stuck. Now my youngest son calls her O-Mell because he can’t say Mother Nell.

Muddy:  my daughter calls my mother “Muddy.” My mother heard it when she was a little girl, liked it and decided that that would be what her grandchildren call her. In fact, anyone that knows my mother, calls her Muddy.

Mudgy: My sister and I have called my grandmother “Mudgy” (pronounced like “fudge-y”) as long as I can remember. My mom says she made it up for her. My sister spells it “Mudgie” and the best part is that Mudgy spells it either way, depending on who she is talking to!

Muffer: My mom always called our grandmother “Mother.” When my little brother tried to say it, it came out “Muffer” and that is what my siblings and cousins always called her.

I called my grandparents Mumpsie and Dad. Mumpsie evolved from the nickname “Mumsie”, an old cartoon strip that was popular long ago. “Dad” was what our parents called our grandfather, and it suited everyone fine, but thoroughly confused outsiders.

Mumsy and Popsy – They have 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. They both passed away recently and the names are dear to all our hearts.

Muna: We called my dad’s mom “Muna”. It was given to her by my aunt when she was just little. She had a hard time saying “momma” and it came out “muna”. Muna was everyone’s “muna”. Since there was 16 kids in my father’s family, the house was always full of extra friends. Once us grandkids were born, Muna became a name for “grandma”.

Mungie: When my son was little he could not say Gramme it came out of his mouth as “Mungie” (pronounced with a hard “g” as in “gum”). For over 5 years she was Mungie until she couldn’t stand it any more and asked to be called Gramme. It was very difficult getting my 5+ year old and 3+ year old twins to change what they always called her. Over 20 years later they call her Gramme to her face but we still sometimes refer to her as Mungie behind closed doors.

Munny and Pop, Granny B and Popoo; all were named by the firstborn grandchild.

Murmur/Pa – My brother tried say Grandmother but Murmur (Pronounced like a heart murmur) came out instead. Pa was what we called my grandfather.

Mutter Prissy: My first grandchild called me Mutter because she could not say Grandmother. I was called Mutter until my grandson came along and he added another name to Mutter. I had a beautiful Pomeranian dog called Prissy. Everytime he saw me he immediately said, PRISSY and smiled at me real big. He associated me with Prissy, my dog, therefore, I became MUTTER PRISSY. I have just had a new grandson in the last two weeks. I am eager to see if this sticks or another name will be added. Oh well, I am honored to be called MUTTER PRISSY because that was their unique name for a grandmother that loves them so much.

Muttie & Dado: My maternal grandmother has the strangest name in our family – Muttie. I was born in Germany while my dad was stationed there in the late 50’s. My mom heard the small children calling their mother’s Mutti and told my 38 year old GRANDMOTER about and Muttie she became. My grandfather was Dado. A combination of the Gaelic Daddo and my aunt’s calling him Daddio. Our children are all in college and have no prospects of children yet. When they do I plan to be a Muttie, my husband says Grandpa is good enough for him.

My grandparents were Muz and Datz – no idea of where that came from. Datz was always Datz, but, of course, Muz was Muzzy – which I am now to my grandchildren, – or Muzzaroonie to some! My Muzzy was near and dear to my heart

Mymomma – A friend of mine called her grandmother this (pronounced My-momma) when her mother explained to her that it was her mama.

Because my uncle worked in China, his children called my grandparents by the Chinese terms Nai Nai (grandmother) and Yeh Yeh (grandfather). The rest of us cousins ended up using the same terms.

Nai-nai and Ye-ye: The Mandarin Chinese words for “paternal grandmother” and “paternal grandfather”. We started calling my dad’s parents Nai-nai (pronounced nye nye) and Ye-ye (pronounced yeh yeh) when my youngest brother was born, because our other grandparents have stuck with “grandma and grampa”, and it was confusing to have two sets called by the same name! Not only are “Nai-nai” and “Ye-ye” a lot easier to say for a two-year-old, but also it beats having to explain which set you’re referring to!

Namaw: I was 49 when my daughter had my first grandgirl. I definitely didn’t want to be called “grandma” so I tried to get Kayla to say “Gama” she obviously didn’t like that and came up with her own, “Namaw”. Sweeter word, I’ve never heard. It always seems to be best when they come up with it on their own.

Namma & Dabba: My husband and I are known as “Namma” and “Dabba,” respectively, to our 4-1/2 year-old granddaughter. Have no idea how the names arose.

Nammy: When I was a baby, my grandparents wanted to be called Nana and Papa. Papa I could say, but for whatever reason, “Nana” became “Nammy”. It has stuck, even though me and my immediate family are the only ones who call her this. It’s a sweet way to keep a personal connection.

Namo – My mother’s grandmother was from England, and came to live w/them here in the states, and that’s what she was always called. (nam-oh)

Nan and Boppa — My mom didn’t want to be “Grandmother Hunt” which is what we called my dad’s mother (too formal!) so she came up with “Nan”. And “Boppa” is what one of the first grandkids managed to get out instead of Grandpa–and it stuck. Such sweet feelings and memories all the kids (now with kids of their own) associate with their Nan and Boppa. Nan’s gone now–just this year; Boppa, also known as Bop and Bop-Bop, is still going strong at 90, bless him.

Nan and Pop: My maternal grandparents were always “Nan and Pop” or “Nanny and Poppy”.

Nana: I don’t know why I call both my grandma’s this but I think it was because they didn’t want to sound too old. Considering one of them was about 30 something when I was born.

When my oldest was born, my in-laws and my Mom decided to let him name them. My son named my Mom Nana, my mother-in-law Moona, and my father-in-law Papa. My father, being half Polish, decided he wanted to be calledDziadziu (pronounced jaw jew), which which means Grandpa.

Nana & Dido: My Son and Daughter called my mother in law, Nana, and father in law was Dido. My grandbabies call us, Nanny and PawPaw. Now we are going to be greatgrand parents and don’t have a clue as to what the new baby will call us. My daughter says we will always be Nanny and PawPaw. When they get older they tend to call hubby ” Pops”..

My kids call my parents Nana and Pop. My parents suggested these names in order to distinguish them selves from my parents who go by Grandma and Papa. My parents grew up in England and I think Nana is a fairly common name for a grandparent. I’m not sure about the name “Pop,” but this is how my dad refers to his dad.

Nana and Poppy: When I was pregnant with my son, I was living wth my father and stepmother. My dad always wanted my son to call him Poppy, and my stepmother wanted Nana. Now, I have 2 children , and Poppy and Nana are still what they are called.

I called my grandmother Nana Kruck then she got a nova so to this day I still refer to her as Nananova. My mom wasGigi then it changed to Grammie and now everyone calls her that.

Nanamy: My 3 yr son calls me and my mother “Nanamy” which is Nana and Mommy together! He kept getting us confused when calling us by name. We both would respond so now he just says, Nanamy, and one of us will answer!

Nani: we call my grandmother Nani (pronounced “NAH-nee” and with a spanish accent). My grandmother decided she wanted to be called this because she said she was too young for abuela.

Nani & Papa: When our first grandchild was on the way we decided we didn’t feel like a Grandma/Grandpa or Nana/Granddad so we had a family conference with our children and came up with Nani (pronounced Nanny) and Papa and we love it!

Nan-ma/Pop: When my niece was born, we still had our grandparents with us. My mothers’ mother and father were our Nanna and Poppy and our father’s mother and father were Grandma and Grandad, so we came up with Nan-ma for our mother and Pop for our father. We think the names are cute and easy for our niece to say.

Nan-Nan & Pop-Pop: My mother’s parents are called Nan-Nan & Pop-Pop. It was what the oldest grandchild first called them, so 5 more grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren later they are still in use.

My daughter when she was small and just learning to talk we had my mother and my mother’s mom she couldn’t pronounce Nana it came out “Nan~Wuh” and for her great grandma she called her “Gruh-Gruh” and it has stuck ever since.

Nannie & Dee: My Irish maternal grandmother insisted on being called “Nannie” out of respect for her mother (my great-grandmother) who passed away a few months before I was born. We grandkids rarely call her “Nannie” anymore–it’s been shortened to “Nan” or “Nanster” if we’re all feeling silly. My Irish maternal grandfather was quite keen on being called “Dee,” a variation of “Big Daddy” which my hippie mother called him during her teenage years.

Nanny and PopPop:

  • Pop-pop and Nanny: My mother’s 2 grandfathers were “Big Pop” and “Little Pop” (a tall and a short man), so when I came along my grandfather/mom’s father became “Pop-pop”. My mother’s Grandmother was “Nana”, so I called her daughter/my grandmother “Nanny”
  • I call my grandmother Nanny and my grandfather Pop-Pop =)
  • My grandmother wanted to be called nana, but my oldest cousin was a stubborn little girl and liked the sound of nanny better. And it just stuck. My grandfather is called pop-pop because he is my pop’s pop.

Nanny and Grandad Nookie: I’m from the UK and when my little boy was a baby Roger Decourcey had a ventriloquist bear called Nookie Bear and for some reason we don’t know why, my parents became Nanny and Grandad Nookieand my brother is Uncle Nookie. It could be quite embarrassing at times.

Nanny-Pa: Nanny/Pa: One of our small grand children would hear the other kids call us nanny and Pa. He could never figure out if we were Nanny and Pa or if each of us were Nanny/Pa. So every time one of us would go to his house alone he would address whom ever came as Nanny-Pa.

Nanny and Kopy: I called my maternal grandparents Nanny and Kopy. As near as I can figure it, I heard a cousin call my grandmother Nana and I changed it. Then, because my grandmother’s name was Kitty, I sometimes called her Kitty Cat. I then started calling my grandfather Kopy Cat. In the end, Nanny and Kopy stuck.

Nanoo and Dedad (I was told I reversed Daddy to be Dedad)

My kids call my mother “Nanook” and she LOVES it and so does everyone else.

We call our grandmother “Naunny”. Noni is Italian for grandmother but I was not able to say it when I was young. I could say Naunny, though. It has stuck now and all her grandkids and greatgrandkids still call her this, 40 years later…. Now I’m a grandmother trying to figure out what to be called.

Neema: My son is two and a half…he calls my mom “Neema”…we like it! We figure he got it from a name he used to call me…”Ninny-Ma”.

My mum is called Neenie by all her nieces and nephews and all her grandchildren. Her first born niece couldn’t say auntie maureen so it changed to neenie.

NeNe: My stepmom goes by NeNe, she came up with that I have no idea why!

Ning: My six granchilren call me “Ning”… While we’re very Irish and this is an Asian sounding name, it came about when our first granddaughter gurgled what sounded like “NingNing” at a very early age…..I, of course ran with it and over the years (21) not only my grandchilren call me by that affectionate name, so do my children friends and extended family. As they are prone to shorten everyone’s name….I now answer to “Ning” I am a professional clown and have dubbed my character “NingNing”, to everyone’s amusement! Our oldest daughter is Nora, by the way, named after myMammo in Ireland, Norah……..

Ninni/Poppi: when my oldest nephew was born my mom decided she wanted to be called nana but when my nephew started talking it came out ninni mom thought it was cute and it stuck 3 grandkids later they are still ninni and poppi

Ninny and Bob: well, first of all my maternal great-grandfather was known by all the grandkids as Babbo. why, i have no idea. when my mom had my older brothers, she wanted them to call my granfather Baboa(pronounced bah-bo-uh). my brothers couldn’t say that, and it came out Bob (everyone thinks this is short for robert, but my grandpa’s name is reese!). then, my grandpa(bob) would refer to my grandmother as nanny. well, again, my brothers mispronounced the name and it came out as ninny, like a goat!! well, needless to say, these names have stuck for the last 35 years–through seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren!! these are two alternatives i have never heard before.

Noni and Popi: This name was given to us by our first grandchild. She started with Nana and Papa, but along the way as she got older and what she thought was cooler, started calling us Noni (Non-ee) and Popi (Pop-ee) The names have stuck and all the grandchildren call us this. Great Grandma is Gee Gee. We love the names.

Nonie: I always knew I did not want to be called “grandma” because, even tho I loved both my grandmothers, they were in their early 70’s when I arrived, so were old women, with wrinkled faces and long skirts. So when we were informed that we were to become grandparents for the first time 3 years ago, the search began for names. My husband immediately said he would like to be called “Pops,” due to being called that by a stranger when he was but in his late 30’s (guess the gray hair gave that impression). But my name was not as evident, so we played with it for several months. My given name, Joan, is extended to “Joanie” by friends and relatives, and I was “no name Joanie” during the gestation period, and then one day that became “Nonie.” I said that awo new 6-month old granddaughters (cousins, not sisters) will have to accept that as my name as well. Of course if Katie had preferred “grandma” that would have been fine as well. It’s not the name as much as the love it generates. 

NONNI  I DID NOT WANT TO BE CALLED Grandma  because I resist looking or being perceived as OLD. So I decided on the a cute Italianized version of Grandma. I am called NONNI..(actually that is plural) pronounced NonnE. Even now that my grandkids are in their teens.. they refer to me as Nnonni…..to the family and their friends as well.  It’s delightful to hear their friends say..Hi, Nonni….(This does NOT translate into Granny. for which you must wear your hair in a bun.) This not only makes me feel good but it also keeps the family’s nationality  alive. Occasionally an Italian will call me to task for corrupting the Italian language. Well you know what my response is to that.

Nonni: My family is Italian and the Italian word for grandma is “Nona” but when my brother and I were little, we corrupted it to “Nonni” and we still call her that!

Nonni: We do not have grand children,but we are Godparents to all of our friends’ children at some time or another, in order to never step on a Grandmother’s beautiful toes, I decided I needed a nickname…
everyone kept calling me Mom and then trying to correct themselves kids just went silent… what was I supposed to be called? My grandmothers were all nicknamed. I had great grandmothers named “Mommy” and “Mammy”, My grand mothers were “Grammah” and “Nana”,& my children call my Mother “Gran”, so who am I? I am “Nonni”, raised by two strong, beautiful Scicillian – Italian baby sitters in the late 50’s. the Italian word may be Nonna, but some how I think I must have said Nonni, so I became everyone’s “Nonni” and my husband? He’s “Pop pop” thanks to our youngest God child who has speech development issues and when he say “I love You Pop pop” anyone would cry! All the grandpa’s in our family are just “Granpa” plain and simple.

Nonno & Nonna: I like nonno and nonna, the Italian words for grandfather and grandmother. They sound sweet and Old-World to me. My boyfriend and his brother call their Italian-American grandfather Pop, which I think is cute, and kind of old school.

Nonny & Gampy = My grandmother picked out these names before I was born. As we got older, we shortened them to “Non” and “Gamp”.

Nonny & Papa: My eldest daughter’s first efforts at “Grandma” came out as “Nonny”, so before long, my parents were known as “Nonny” and “Papa” to all their grandchildren.

We called our mother’s parents “Nonny and Pappy”. My grandfather had served in the war in Italy, and he and my grandmother were going for “Nani and Papi.” (pronounced “Nonny and Poppy,” which were the Italian names for grandma and grandpa–I’m not real sure about the spelling) However, my oldest sister, Lisa, was the first grandchild, and she couldn’t say “Papi,” so it came out as “Pappy.” As a result, they were Nonny and Pappy for the rest of their years. I remember being a little embarrassed about calling them that when I was in junior high. HA HA 🙂

Nono & Papa: I tried to help my Mom come up with her grandparent name. She was 50 at the time and she didn’t look or feel like being called GRANDMA or GRANDMOTHER. So she asked around and came up with Nona! When my niece was born, my mother tried to influence the child by speaking this sacred name over and over again but like all babies (and my brothers) they hear another sound. My mother from this day forward and four more grandkids later will always be known as NONO (just the way it’s spelled). An original grandparent name if I say so myself. The kids laugh though when she tells them NO because they think she is repeating her name over and over again-“NoNo, NoNo, don’t do that!” My Dad went to the traditional name of Papa like his own Dad.

My great grand parents had names when I came along and they were NUNU and PAPA (pawpaw) while the other set were TEENIE and BIG DAD (described their size). When it came time for my son to be born, my parents fussed over what he would call them. My mom hoped for LITTLE MAMA (that is what I called her to distinguish between her and my grandma who became BIG MAMA) and my dad was set on POPS. It didn’t work out that way. I could not stand the tough of my mom being called LITTLE MAMA so we settled on YAYA, because she loves the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and could live with it, and it did not make her feel old. No one remembered my dad’s wishes and always called him GRANDPA. one day when trying to get my son to say Grandpa, my son started screaming. Everyone was convinced it was the name so when my dad’s grandfather died he took on the name PAPA and he would not have it any other way.

Old Guy – A friend’s daughter calls her grandpa this. So funny!

Old Ma: My grandson used to call me Old Ma……I’m getting a new license plate: Auld Ma

Oma: When my grandchildren started coming, I was only 44, and definitely was not ready to be called Grandma. So I looked up the Dutch word for Grandma, which was “OMA”, and that is what they call me. It is very easy and simple.

Oma & Opa: we call my grandparents: “Oma and Opa” (which you already have) because my parents were stationed in Germany with the army when I learned to talk.

Omi: variation on German Oma, prn. O-mee.

Ommy: When my older grandchild, Trey, was beginning to call all those around him their designated names, he always omitted me. He and I had a wonderful relationship, but he would not even attempt “Grammy,” the name I had chosen for myself. Exasperated, I asked one day. “Trey, who is this,?” pointing to myself. He said “Ommy.” I had a dancing fit, and he repeated it over and over to see my excited reaction. He is now four and a half, and Ommy it is!

Ota: Just thought I’d put this one out there. We call my Grandpa Ota. It’s a form of the German word for grandpa, Opa, and is used by the Donau Swabians (Ethnic Germans who settled in Yugoslavia before and during the war). But for some reason the form of Oma stayed the same. Who know why they changed the P to a T.

Other Mother: We called our great grandmother “Other Mother.” She used to watch other people’s children in her house during the day and they called her “Other Mother” too.

Pa & Pama: My mothers parents are called Pa & Pama, when I was learning to talk my Pa tried to convince me that my grandmother was really his mother, so he kept saying “that is Pa’s Ma” and some how that was turned into Pama and it just stuck and she has been called that for over 25 years by my sister and myself, and our children will no doubt call them by those names. My other grandparents are Nanny & Poppy, we had no choice in those names as we are the youngest of their grandkids and those names were already being used, although I did give them my own twist and tend to call them Nan and Poopie (yes like poop, he is into gardening and every year has a load of poop delivered, just my little nickname for him)

Packal: When I was very small, I called my maternal grandfather Packal (rhymes with tackle) since I had a hard time pronouncing Grandpa. However, the name didn’t stick. I eventually called him Grandpa to match my grandmother, Grandma.

My sister and I called our father’s parents Pampa and Mamma. They lived in Oklahoma and I think these are Southern terms. My sister’s husband called his GP Gommy and Doc.

My neighbors call their grandfather ‘Papa Coffee’. His real name is Ambrose, and he doesn’t like it, but drinks a lot of coffee. His name is Papa Coffee. I don’t know why it’s Papa, maybe because their mom had them young.

My step-nephews call my step dad: Papa Daddy! It started when the oldest was trying to understand why his Mom called this man Dad and he was instructed to call him Papa…after my sister gave him an explanation he proudly proclaimed “PAPA DADDY!!” It’s stuck ever since!!

My mom always called the kids, Honey this and Honey that, and soon we were going to Papa and Honey’s house. Then somehow that got merged into Papa Honey‘s house, and they switch to Grandma Dear. These grandparents had 7 grandchildren and to this day the grandparents are still referred to as Papa Honey and Grandma Dear by all 7.

Papadaddy: I’m a first-time grandfather. My grandson is 20 months old. About 15 years ago, I read a short story by Eudora Welty, entitled, “Why I Live at the P.O.” In it, the narrator called her father “Papadaddy.” I announced to my wife then and there that I would be known as Papadaddy if we were ever blessed with grandchildren. I’ve been coaching little William since the day he was born, whispering “Papadaddy” over and over into his ear. At about a year old, he began calling me Pa-pa, but just last week, he called me Papadaddy for the first time. He’s been saying it ever since!

Papoon: This isn’t one that I called my grandparents, but rather what my nephew started calling my mom. They were trying to get him to call her granny, but the only thing he would call her was Papoon. No one knows where he got that from, but it has been Papoon for 6 years almost. and His Papoon loves the name, and doesn’t want to him to ever call her anything else

Pappy: my little girl calls her grandpa Pappy- so cute my dad used to call himself this (ie phone messages, notes etc) and i thought it was perfect i believe it is a term that he got from being in the military when he was a young man.

Paw Paw & Maw Maw: My mother’s parents were named by me because I am the Oldest grandchild and we all call them Paw Paw and Maw Maw. Unfortunately, Both of my Grandfathers are gone now, but I have great memories and those names to remember them by.

Pawsey: we called our grandfather–pawsey and I haven’t heard it anywhere else.

Peaches: My mom is your typical white middle-class suburban Southern Baptist bible-thumpin’ Dubya-supportin’ Texan. She has big, puffy, shellacked blonde hair and wears T-shirts with three-dimensional objects hanging off them. She believes in Jesus Christ, the Republican party, craft fairs and spiral perms. She has rebelled against Grandma because it sounds “old” and she’s only 41, so she has decided her grandchildren will call her- prepare yourself-Peaches. Her hair is sort of peach, and it’s her favorite color. She’s even thinking of having a peach tattooed on her toe. And when she opens her own salon someday (she does nails… I mean, of course she does) she wants to call it Peaches’ Nailery. I’m not making this up. I don’t think I could if I wanted to. Add Peaches to your list.

Peepa & Meema – my grandpa (Peepa) showed my uncle how to PEE in the potty so he became Peepa and grandma became Meema, and so they stuck through the (now) 5 generations:)

Pee-Pa and Grammy – When our daughter started to talk she called her father’s parents Pee-Pa and Grammy. The other 2 grandchildren called them Nana and Poppop but the other grandchildren changed their title names to Grammy and Pee-Pa since she was the youngest grandchild.

Pepper: Another grandmother I know is called Pepper because when the grandchild pointed to grandmother to learn her name, the grandmother thought the child was asking “What are these decorations on your shirt?” She often had on a tshirt with peppers as decorations. Now she is Pepper!

Person: a friend of ours who didn’t know what she wanted her grandchild to call her. Her last name was Moses so she definitely didn’t want Grandma Moses. After he was born, she still had not chosen a name but kept jokingly referred to herself as “grand-person”. Then one day she was waiting for her daughter and the baby at a local restaurant. When they came in (he was walking by now but barely talking) he saw her and ran to her calling “Person!” So, she is now known as “Person” to her grandson.

Pitty-Pat and Boom-Pa: my husband calls his grandparents Pitty Pat and Boom Pa…..I always thought that was really cute! Very Unusual!!

Poepoe & Nana Rie: My husbands step father had 2 grand children before my son was born. They called him “Grandpa Bill” we tried and tried to have my son say this, we even shortened it papa bill ! My son came out with “POEPOE” and it stuck ! He also had a hard time with my mother in laws name nana marie! Devyn spit out “Nana Rie” it ‘s really funny to see what a mess kids can make out of a name.

Poma: When our son was first learning to talk, he made up his own words. Instead of grandma he came up with Poma for my mother-in-law. It stuck. Especially since my mother-in-law was born in Germany and the word for grandmother is Oma. All the grandkids call her this.

Poo-pah: I couldn’t pronounce Poppa. Which is what my grand father wanted. Instead It came out as Poo-pah. The name stuck for the next twenty years. Even his mates called him this. Now he’s just Pa.

My grandson who Just turn 3 years old calls me Pooh Ma or he calls me Ho Ho

Poop: My father was Papa or Popa for many years, developed a close relationship with his grandson, and eventually it melded into Poop.

Pop & Gram: My Fathers parents have always been called Pop for my grandfather and Gram for my grandmother.

Pop-pop: When my son was very young (he’s 24 now) my mother gave him a push along toy that you walk behind and it makes the sound “pop pop pop pop” So from then on her name was Pop-pop and every grandchild has called that since

Popcorn: My maternal grandfather’s last name was Corner, so he was Papa Corner, which became Popcorn over time.

Popeye: When I was a girl we called my grandfather “popeye” and still refer to him as such.

Popeye: My grandfather’s name was shortened from Papa Corner to Popcorn, so when my brother Ira (we sometimes call him “I”) became a grandpa, he became Pop”I”. I love it!

Popi: Me, and all my cousins call our grandfather ‘Popi’. Now, my kids call him that too ! It’s different, and you kinda picture this warm, old gray loving chubby guy ! And he is !

Popple is what I have called my grandfather since I could talk.

Poppy: Me and my brother have called our grandfather ‘Poppy’ all our lives. Our father would always say ” Hi, Pops.” so maybe that’s where we got it. Sometimes my brother calls him Pops because he says ‘poppy’ sounds immature coming from a 16-year-old.

Popsi & Gogi: We called my fraternal grandparents, Popsi and Gogi (Gohgee).I have no idea how they got those names but all 14 of us called them that.

All my life we called my mother’s father Pow Pow, it seems my oldest cousin named him that and until his death and even in remembrance, we still refer to him as Pow Pow

Queenie & Pops: My step-mother did not want to be called by the traditional “grandma” so she came up with Queenie. My dad is known as Pops.

Rah: I called my grandmother this when I was a baby since I couldn’t pronounce “grandma.” Now everyone, including my kids, calls her that.

My oldest nephew could say “PaPa” as a baby, but for some reason “Gramma” eluded him. The best he could do was“RanRay”. His two brothers have continued the tradition. Isn’t is sad that only the first child gets to pick the name? (By the way, since his father’s mother is Swedish she is called “FarMor”; that didn’t seem to give him any trouble.)

Rocky: My grandmother use to care for me and my brother. My brother started calling her Rock Rock because she rocked him. When I came along I shortened the name and began calling her Rocky. She is the most wonderful person I have ever known.

Rubber Ducky: my daughter calls her Grandma – Rubber Ducky

My grandson is due February 26. He will call me “Savta” and my husband “Saba,” Hebrew for Grandmother and Grandfather.

We call my Grandma “Scrambles”. It started out when she called and say it’s Grammy, turned into ‘S-Grammy, and evolved into Scrambles. Her grandkids call her that, their boyfriends, or girlfriends, her kids and everybody just calls and asks for Scrambles.

Seanee & Seanpp: We are young Grandparents and didn’t like the North American Nanny and Poppy. As I am Irish we decided on selecting Irish names; however they were too long and we didn’t like the modern short version Mammo and Daddo they sound like Italian names. So we are using Seanee and Seanpp. The spelling may not be correct, but they are both “old”.

ShiShi: my mother-in-law didn’t want to be a Nana or Gramma so she made up ShiShi out of the first 3 letters of her name, Shirley.

Situ (pronounced sit -ou): We called my Grandmother on my father’s side this, she was Lebanese.

“Suga” and “Popoo” that is what we came up for our grand names because we are first time grandparents and we want them to think of us as sweet and loving

Sugar– Sug for short. Too young for “grand” names.

Sweetpea and Pappy: this is what my kids call my parents. Not sure where Pappy came from, but Mom always called the kids sweetpea; my neice started calling her Sweetpea back and it stuck.

Sweetie: My grandmother said “Hi, Sweetie!” to me when I was little. I said “hi, Sweetie!” back. Thus, her name officially became Sweetie.

Just to add another grandmother name: “Sweetiepie” was my paternal grandma, named by my oldest brother whose first memory of her was asking him if he wanted a “piece of pie, sweetie”. In later years, my sisters college roommates chose to call her: the Pie! My grandmother was eulogized at her High Mass funeral with the name Sweetiepie included in her full name 🙂

TaTa: When my uncle was very small, he couldn’t say Grandpa, so my Great-grandfather became TaTa, pronounced more like ta-da.

Tapaw: Oldest dtr’s 2-yr-old son called his mom’s dad “Tapaw”…his (mom’s mom) Grammy’s 2nd husband (Tom) became “Pa-Tom” (a reverse of sorts).

Teta (Te( tah) = informal for grandmother Jidu (Ji( dew) = informal for grandfather I used those names for my grandparents on the Syrian side of the family. My children used those names for my parents. When my grandchildren came along, they used Teta for me. To differentiate my mother from me, we made up a name. We combined Arabic with Spanish to come up with “Teta Grande”.

Ti & Da: My in-laws, while not vain people, felt too young to be known as Grandma and Grandpa. So they chose the following names. Ti – my children know my mother-in-law as “Ti”, a shortened version of her first name, “Patty”. Da – my father-in-law is “Da” to my children, presumably because its close to “Dad” and easy for toddlers to say.

I wanted a different grandmother name but couldn’t come up with one that seemed to fit. Then one day my husband remarked that everytime I saw my kids or grandkids, I lit up like Tinker Bell. So now I’m known as Tink, and it fits!

Tutu: My husband’s family is from Hawaii. They use the word TuTu for Grandmother.

Twomommies and Twodaddies: We called our grandparents this for obvious reasons. The whole town and all of our friends call them the same.

Uelito & Uelita: My mother called her maternal grandparents “Uelito” and “Uelita” (prounced “wel-lito” and “wel-lita”) a short form of “Abuelito” and “Abuelita” since they were from Mexico.

My brother is a musician and a friend of his recently became a grandfather. Since he plays tuba, his family has adopted his new name to reflect that talent . . . . he is known as “UmPaPa”. Cute and unique!

Umi and Ovi : My friend’s grandparents were Umi and Ovi. They were Icelandic.

Umma: Our three little grandsons call me Umma…not Uma as in Thurman….not Amma…but Uhma. Our first little guy couldn’t say gramma so it just came out and stuck and I love it. We are a blended family so they have a Gramma, aGramma Cindy and then they have Umma! Incidentally, they call my husband Poppa and their other grandfather isGrampa Tom.

Ungadee: I have referred to my great grandmother as “Ungadee” since I could speak. The name began when my mother’s brother couldn’t pronounce the name “Grandma” and said “unga” instead of “grand” and somehow “dee” was added to Unga forming Ungadee.

Vovo/Vava: For Portuguese, VoVo (pronounced voovoo) is likes “gramps” and Vava is for “grams”. We still call my grandpa VoVo, and my husband says when he’s a grandpa, he wants to be VoVo too!

The previous grandmothers in my family are Nana, so I thought about what a kid might say “naturally” and decided onYaya. Baby B calls me Yaya and thinks I am fun and a bit odd! My son and daughter-in-law are not exactly thrilled, but who cares? Now my 2nd granddaughter born last week will also get to meet Yaya.

YaYa: My Chilean friend calls her grandmother YaYa.

YaYa/YaYo: My nephew has always called his birth father’s parents “YaYa” and “YaYo”. They were both from Spain, and I’ve had a friend/co-worker confirm that this is at least one set of grandparent nicknames from that part of the world!

YaYa & Popie: we just became the proud grandparents of a beautiful baby girl. I didn’t want to be called the usual, so because my name, Zoe, is Greek, I chose to be called YaYa, which is Greek for Grandmother. For the time, my husband, has chosen Popie.

Yellow-hair Grandma and Brown-hair Grandma Our 3 year-old came up with these monikers herself as a way to distinguish her grandmothers. (Good thing there’s hairdye, or they’d both be Grey-hair Grandma.)

Yia Yia: I have twin 3 year old granddaughters and I didn’t want them to call me Grandma or Grandmother. About 18 months ago we were in Wichita, Kansas and ate at a restaurant named Yia Yia’s. Their menu indicated that their name was an Italian word that young children called their grandmother. When I told my daughter-in-law about the name she started calling me Yia Yia and now that is what the twins call me.

Yo Grammy: My 6 month olds Grandma’s name is: Yo Grammy (we are caucasian..) and Grammy for short.

Zatsie & Maam: I let my granddaughter name me. When she was just learning to make sounds and words, she would always look at me and smile and say ‘Zats’. As she grew (and learned the fine art of grandpa manipulation) a version of the name became ‘Zatsie’ which was usually accompanied by a dimpled grin and a hug. My then wife was referred to as ‘Maam’ or ‘Maamie’. The dimpled little twerp is now 17, and the whole family now refers to me as ‘Zats’.

Zayde: Zayde is grandfather in Yiddish. My daughter, and my sister’s children, call my father Zayde (Zayda) or sometimes Zaydi, like a nickname.

Zsa Zsa & Mr. Mike: My grandkids call me “Zsa Zsa”. They are five and 3 1/2 years old. I was 47 when my first grand child was born and was NOT your typical “grandma”. They call they granddad “Mr. Mike”. If I had to do it over again, I might even consider being called “Barbie Doll”, instead of Zsa Zsa.

Zsa Zsa & Boo-Boo: My children call my parents Boo-Boo and Zsa Zsa. Busha and Zsa Zsa are the Polish terms for grandma and grandpa. When my oldest son was learning to talk he tried to say Busha and it came out Boo-Boo. The name stuck and now she’s known as Boo-Boo to all the grandkids. I’ve always wondered why he had a problem with Busha, but could say Zsa Zsa just fine.


Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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